SUSAN MILLARD-SCHWARZ, mezzo soprano

Biography

Susan Millard-Schwarz was Winner of Arbor Opera Theatre's 2009 Master Class Vocal Competition, and was the featured soloist in AOT's Gala concert in June that same year. Other operatic credits include Stageworks Festival in Indian Head, MD; Tuscia Music Festival in Viterbo, Italy; New York Opera Forum in NYC; OperaModa in Chicago; and Opera Columbus and Columbus Light Opera in Ohio, performing leading roles, including Zweite Dame in Die Zauberfloete; Marcellina in le Nozze di Figaro; Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel; Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors; Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Fiametta in The Gondoliers, among others. She has appeared with Actors' Summer Theatre in Columbus in the leading roles of Cinderella in Into the Woods, Anna in The King and I and Nancy in Oliver! In fall of 2007, she performed the role of Mrs. Medlock in a touring production of The Secret Garden with Opera Columbus and Phoenix Theatre, which opened at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, CT.

As resident artist with Opera Columbus' Opera On the Go! program, Ms. Millard-Schwarz sang the role of Ernesto in the touring production of The Billy Goats Gruff and Mother/Granny in Little Red's Most Unusual Day.

Concert and solo engagements for Ms. Millard-Schwarz include appearances with Springfield Symphony Orchestra; Stageworks Festival in Indian Head, MD; Lamb's Theatre in New York City; Columbus Symphony Orchestra; Lancaster Festival; Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra; and many area churches. Works include Verdi's Requiem; Mozart's Regina Coeli; a world premier of "A Song of Renewal" for soloist and orchestra by Leslie Savoy Burrs; Dubois' Seven Last Words of Christ; Faurè's Requiem; Händel's Messiah; Mozart's Vesperi Solemnes; various works for soloist and orchestra by John Rutter; excerpts from Strauss' Die Fledermaus; and Vivaldi's Gloria, among others. Her solo work can be heard on several CDs, including two produced for the Lancaster Chorale.

Ms. Millard-Schwarz was winner of the Era Wilder Penniston Award for vocal excellence, and placed as junior division semi-finalist in the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition. Her vocal repertoire spans eight languages. She received a bachelor of arts degree at Asbury College and masters of music degree at The Ohio State University. Ms. Millard-Schwarz has worked with directors, conductors and coaches, such as Met Opera baritone Timothy Noble (current teacher), Cynthia Hoffmann, Stefano Vignati and the world-renowned film and stage director, Lina Wertmueller.