Susan Tsagkaris

Susan Tsagkaris

Dramatic/Heroic Soprano

Wagner /R. Strauss hochdramatische sopran "Soprano Susan Tsagkaris sang her punishing high passages with arresting clarity and confidence, standing up well to the orchestra in the Sanctus. " Montreal Gazette
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«"Turandot deserving of loud cheers opening night! ... once she starts singing it is clear why Tsagkaris was cast in this role (Turandot). She is at her best ... in the powerhouse duo in the third act."»
Tampa Bay Times/tampa (2017)
«" ...Soprano Susan Tsagkaris. What a voice! Full, voluminous, resonant, while being able to blend with the chorus when required. Her sighs in the Agnus Dei moved more than one. Her remarkable ease with changing from the serious to the light allows her to concentrate entirely on the meaning of the text." LE DEVOIR (Montreal)»
Le Devoir/ Montreal (2017)
«"Soprano Susan Tsagkaris sang her punishing high passages with arresting clarity and confidence, standing up well to the orchestra in the Sanctus." MONTREAL GAZETTE (Montreal)» (2017)
«“In 2016 Ms.Susan Tsagkaris stayed in Berlin and studied the entire roles of Elektra (R.Strauss) and Isolde (Wagner) with me. Her results are amazing and I hope to see her again soon for more work in her domain of dramatic soprano, in which sheʼs one of the rare persons who has the perfect combination of voice, physical flexibility and artistic intelligence.”»
2017Strauss R.: SalomeSalome
2016Wagner R.: Der Ring des NibelungenBrunhilde
2016Wagner R.: Tristan und IsoldeIsolde
2016Strauss R.: ElektraElektra
2015Puccini: TurandotTurandot
2015Wagner R.: SiegfriedBrünnhilde
2014Verdi: RequiemSoprano
2010Verdi: RequiemSoprano



Critically acclaimed Susan Tsagkaris has emerged as one of Canada’s foremost dramatic sopranos. Celebrated for her powerful high notes, voluptuous tone, extensive range, and mastery of niche dramatic repertoire, Susan is a true artist with a passion for music.Susan triumphed in her American debut of the role of Turandot in Pucciniʼs Turandot with St. Petersburg Opera Co., Florida in June 2015. Having received a generous Ontario Art Council/ Chalmerʼs award, Susan recently returned from a month of intensive coaching in Europe, for the role of Elektra (R.Strauss) with world renowned Wagner/Strauss expert Klaus Sallmann (the Berlin Staatsoper). In previous months Susan prepared the entire role of Isolde with Klaus and returned to Berlin in Spring 2016 where she recorded Wagner and Strauss repertoire with him.Susan’s career is expanding internationally both in Europe and the USA. With family and a residence in Europe Susan looks forward to working there. In addition to her training in Berlin, Susan developed her dramatic repertoire through extensive mentoring from acclaimed opera coaches Eric Weimer (the Lyric Opera of Chicago) and Jane Eaglen (Wagnerian soprano).Susan continually challenges herself to grow and evolve. Endorsed and coached by Wagnerian Diva, Jane Eaglen, Susan is focusing on the Wagnerian roles of Isolde and Brünnhilde (all three Ring operas), Elektra and Turandot. Eaglen invited Susan to attend the Wagner Intensive in Cleveland, Ohio where she performed Wagner excerpts in the roles of Brünnhilde from Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung, and as Isolde from Tristan und Isolde. This led to recognition and a scholarship from the Wagner Society of Ohio. While in Ohio, Susan was featured in a Deutsche Welle TV special which commemorated the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth and aired across Europe.Susanʼs natural musical talent is shown by her success and ability to sing across a wide range of musical styles. Recognized for her outstanding musicianship, she successfully sight read the role of Brünnhilde on a moments notice when the soprano in a 2014 concert production of Wagnerʼs Siegfried suddenly fell ill. In the fall of 2015 she performed Brünnhilde in a concert version of Götterdämmerung in Toronto. A versatile artist, Susan participated in the Toronto International Art Festival Luminato in Rufus Wainwright’s internationally acclaimed opera Prima Donna, directed by Tim Albery. Film appearances include her portrayal of Opera Singer in the motion picture Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves and Opera Singer in the CBC television movie Under the Piano starring Teresa Stratas and Megan Follows.Having performed alongside numerous Canadian Symphonies, her notable performances include; Verdi’s Requiem with both Masterworks Oakville and Niagra Symphony/Chorus Niagra, Britten’s War Requiem with McGill Orchestra, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Symphony Nova Scotia, Boris Brott Festival and Kitchener/Waterloo Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with Symphony Nova Scotia, and Saffi in the Gypsy Baron with Symphony Nova Scotia. Other accomplishments include the soprano in Richard Fanshawe’s African Sanctus at the North York Centre for the Performing Arts. In June 2014 Susan sang her premier performance of Wesendonck Lieder with Euphonia in Toronto before traveling to Europe where she performed in concerts in both France and Belgium.Her extensive range, thrilling sound, and emotionally powerful delivery have proven to go unnoticed. Early in her career, Susan was honoured to perform alongside Ben Heppner in the final duet from Andrea Chenier, in addition to Wagner arias at an Opera Canada gala. Excitement shown by the audience was an early indication that Susan was destined for the specialized hoch dramatische soprano niche.Susan has lent her voice to many notable Canadian opera companies, in performances such as; Konstanze in Pacific Opera’s Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail. Calgary Opera’s productions include Verdi’s Rigoletto and Nabucco, Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Susan appeared in Toronto Opera in Concert’s (Voicebox) productions of La Wally as Wally, L’Arlesiana as Vivetta, and Der Vampire as Janthe.Lotfi Mansouri first discovered Susan and invited her to join the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. She appeared in numerous mainstage/touring productions throughout Ontario and internationally in roles such as; Mimi in La Boheme, Despina in Cosi FanTutte, Polly Peachum in The Beggar’s Opera, Jessie in The Little Mahagonny Songspiel, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Susan appeared in numerous other Canadian Opera Company productions including Salome, La Traviata and Boris Goudonov.Susan graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Music and attended two seasons in the opera division at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Along side her operatic singing, Susan mentors and teaches a number of up-and-coming Canadian opera singers.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Salome Salome No 2017
Wagner R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen Brunhilde No Opera By Request /concert version 2016
Wagner R.: Tristan und Isolde Isolde No 2016
Strauss R.: Elektra Elektra No 2016
Puccini: Turandot Turandot 24 hours St. Petersburg Opera (Florida) 2015


Chalmers - Ontario arts council award
Wagner Society Ohio award
Liederkranz wagner competition finalist