Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most versatile mezzo-sopranos, equally at home in the opera house or the concert platform, with a wide repertory encompassing the Baroque, the great 19th century roles and the music of today.
In the UK, Susan Bickley has worked with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Grange Park Opera. Abroad, engagements include Paris Opera, Hong Kong Festival, San Francisco Opera, Flanders Opera, Netherlands Opera and Berlin Staatsoper.
In concert, Susan Bickley works with all the major British symphony orchestras as well as ensembles like the Gabrieli Consort, The Sixteen, Nash Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Fretwork and The Purcell Quartet. Her work abroad has included engagements with Residentie Orkest, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Intercontemporain and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.
She made her debut at Carnegie Hall singing Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles; sang Ligeti's Requiem and George Benjamin's Upon Silence at the Salzburg Festival, and her Proms appearances have included works be Simon Bainbridge, Leonard Bernstein, Thomas Adès and Nicholas Maw.
Engagements this season and next include Ludmilla The Bartered Bride at Covent Garden, Storge Jephtha and Brangaene Tristan und Isolde for WNO, Dido for Opera North, and the world premiere of Malcolm Hayes' Odysseus Remembers with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her many recordings can be heard on EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, BMG, Hyperion and Nimbus.
Susan Bickley is represented by Intermusica.