Suzanne Vinnik Richards

Suzanne Vinnik Richards

Lirico Spinto Soprano

Lyric Soprano with flair
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«a stylish lyric soprano... her voice notable for its dramatic nuance.»
The new York Times (2016)
«Suzanne Vinnik...offered a first-rate performance... Vinnik returned in a passionate, compelling performance of the duet from Act IV of Il Trovatore..Vinnik won the empathy of the audience with her depiction of a woman making an extreme sacrifice for her true love.»
Opera News (2016)
«we could bask in an attractive lyric soprano that retained its color and was never shrill for her outcries or her sorrows. (I thought of Moffo.) Her Leonora, too, expressed her desperation without losing quality. The ornamental conclusion of the Trovatore duet gave neither singer any trouble.»
Parterre Box (2016)

Bio


Soprano, Suzanne Vinnik has appeared with some of the leading regional opera houses and international concert stages throughout her career and has been praised by the New York Times as a "voice notable for its dramatic nuance" and described by Opera News as "Refreshing...[With] beautifully molded, vividly communicative phrasing."Ms. Vinnik's varied operatic roles have included performances at Florida Grand Opera as Violetta in La traviata at Nevada Opera Theatre, Opera North, and the Castleton Festival under the baton of the late Lorin Maazel as Musetta in La boheme; Mimi with NJ Festival Syphony, Pittsburgh Opera as Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel; Abagail in The Crucible with Mannes Opera, Lyric Opera Virginia and Opera Las Vegas as Micaela in Carmen; and in Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus & Eurydice in San Antonio. Most recently, Ms. Vinnik made her Russian debut under the auspices of The US State Department in Moscow at The Stanislavsky Theater under the baton of Maestro Orbelian, SPASO House accompanied by Craig Rutenberg and The Saratov Opera & Ballet sharing the stage with fellow American and Russian singers in excerpts from Aida, Trovatore, I Vespri Siciliani and Boheme; and performed in LoftOpera’s Verdi concerts in Brooklyn and New York City. Other highlights included concerts with Henderson Symphony Orchestra and Las Vegas Academy Symphony. This season she debuts Nedda in I Pagliacci at Cedar Rapids Opera Theater to her diverse repertoire.Other concert engagements have included the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s opening night gala, “Operatic Love”, Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with Rogue Valley Symphony throughout Oregon, and featured performances with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (NRK), the Hoku Concert Series in Hawaii, the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops, and the Umbria Jazz Festival, in addition to appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She was also featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra in Auld Lang Syne III and in their concert featuring Jackie Evancho, and as a “Star of the Future” at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival. She is an alumnus of the Opera Studio di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy where she studied and performed under the tutelage of Renata Scotto. She holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University with additional studies at Mannes College of Music.In addition to singing, she is the founder of the popular Opera Diva Dress Collection (a network marketplace of over 7,400 female opera singers).
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Awards

Georg Solti Award
2016
1st Prize from NJ Verismo Opera
2016
1st Prize from American Prize for Opera
2016
1st Prize From American Prize for opera
2016
2nd Prize from Gerda Lissner
2016
Major Prize Winner from Opera Index Inc.
2016
3rd Prize from Mildred miller international voice competition
2016
Audience Prize from palm Beach Opera
2016
Vero Beach Prize from Marcello Giordani Foundation
2016
International finalist Queen Sonja International Music Competition
2016
Has G. Hachmann Award from Liederkranz Opera Foundation
2016
Leonie Rysanek Encouragement Award from George London Foundation
2016
Grant from Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation
2016
Grant from Gari Foundation
2016
Grant winner from Olga Forrai Foundation
2016
Career Development award from Sullivan Foundation
2016