Shawnette Sulker

Shawnette Sulker

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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«“Soprano Shawnette Sulker was an excellent Cunegonde, singing with polished clarity and practically bringing down the house in the sparkling coloratura of ‘Glitter and be Gay.’”»
Review of Candide, The San Francisco Chronicle (2017)
«“… on Friday more than one singer over-projected, with evident strain to their voices… excluding the brilliant Zerbinetta of soprano Shawnette Sulker… Sulker is a find; she negotiated her way through the hairpin turns of Zerbinetta’s great disquisition on the fickleness of the heart with enormous elan and sexiness.”»
Review of Ariadne auf Naxos, The San Francisco Chronicle (2017)
«“Soprano Shawnette Sulker rode the coloratura waves of “Marten aller arten” with apt defiance and dazzling high notes.”»
Review of Abduction from the Seraglio, The Mercury News (2017)
2015Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2015Bernstein: CandideCunegonde
2015Heart of DarknessRiver Woman
2014Bach J.S.: Cantata No. 211, BWV 211 (Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht)Liesgen
2014Gershwin: Porgy and BessClara/Serena/Bess
2014Gorb: Anya 17Mila
2014Zenobia Powell Perry: Tawawa HouseFanny Legrand


Soprano Shawnette Sulker is acclaimed for her “heart-breaking poignancy” and “beautifully tuned soprano” by the San Francisco Chronicle and for her “enchanting vocal splendor” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung. She has recently sung Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Cunegonde (Candide), and Constanze (Abduction from the Seraglio). Additional repertoire includes Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi). As a concert soloist, she has sung Mozart's Grand Mass in C minor, Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen and Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, to name a few.

Ms. Sulker’s international credits include a tour of Die Fledermaus in the Netherlands and Belgium as Adele and orchestra concerts featuring Porgy and Bess highlights and Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, which were performed in the Gewandhaus and Smetana Hall. She has been a soloist with companies such as the San Francisco Opera, American Bach Soloists, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Naples, Union Avenue Opera, the Natchez Opera Festival, and the Symphonies of Eugene, Oakland, and Santa Rosa. 
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta Immediately Festival Opera 2015
Bernstein: Candide Cunegonde Immediately Oakland Symphony 2015
Heart of Darkness River Woman Immediately Opera Parallèle 2015
Bach J.S.: Cantata No. 211, BWV 211 (Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht) Liesgen Avedis Chamber Music Group 2014
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Clara/Serena/Bess Music in the Mountains (Nevada City) 2014