Suzanne Rigden

Suzanne Rigden, Soprano

Pacific Opera Victoria
Lisa in Countess Maritza

April, 2019

Canadian soprano Suzanne Rigden made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2014 as Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos. She returned as Tytania in the 2016 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and in 2019 performs the role of Lisa in Kálmán's Countess Maritza.

Suzanne is establishing herself on the International stage with her remarkable gift for stratospheric coloratura. She holds degrees in vocal performance and opera from Memorial University and the University of British Columbia and is a 2011 graduate of l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.

She has recently performed Danica in Svadba (Opéra de Montréal), Adele in Die Fledermaus (Vancouver Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto (Maritime Concert Opera), Blondchen in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra) and Serpetta in La finta giardiniera (Opera Nova Scotia).

Suzanne is an alumna of the Merola Opera Program and l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal. She is also co-founder of Musique 3 Femmes, a non-profit organization and ensemble which identifies and supports future female leaders in opera.

Suzanne has sung in numerous international competitions, winning First Place and the Audience Choice award in the 2015 National Opera Association Voice Competition, Artist division, in North Carolina, and delighting the audience in her quarter-finalist recital in the 2015 Montreal International Voice Competition. She was a finalist in both 2010 and 2012 in New York's George London Competition and received the Canadian Encouragement Award. She has also twice received the Prix Lyrique Hariclea Darclée-Michel Buruiana with Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, and was regional prize winner in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has won two Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation awards and was a semi-finalist for the Ningbo International Vocal Competition in China; a finalist in Spazio Musica, Orvieto, Italy, and a semi-finalist for the Marmande International Vocal Competition in France.

In concert, Suzanne has been heard with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal, Ensemble Caprice, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Montréal, Orchestra London, Symphony Nova Scotia, Newfoundland Symphony, Teplice Symphony, Czech Republic, and Victoria Symphony.


Suzanne Rigden, pert and personable as the worldly flirt Zerbinetta, has a gleaming, cleanly articulate coloratura sound, and she nails her huge, dazzlingly virtuosic recitative and aria.
Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, review of POV's Ariadne auf Naxos, 2014

In her VO debut, soprano Suzanne Rigden brought an agile and graceful coloratura as well as an impish coquettishness to the role of Adele and played her as a delightfully shrewd and feisty survivor to win huge audience empathy and applause at curtain.
Opera Canada, review of Vancouver Opera's Die Fledermaus)

Suzanne Rigden revealed a remarkable gift for stratospheric coloratura ... a wealth of impeccable passagework that started high and then just kept going higher, with pointed, note-perfect placement.
Joshua Cosman, San Francisco Chronicle review of Merola Opera's Il barbiere di Siviglia, 2011


April 2019