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Susan Lorette Dunn

Susan Lorette Dunn’s international career spans the worlds of opera, musical theater, and art song.

Susan Lorette Dunn studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia, graduating with both a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master’s degree in Voice/Opera.  She made her debut with Opera Australia performing the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof.  Her Opera Queensland debut was as Frasquita in Carmen.  Other roles in her repertoire have included Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Earth in The Eighth Wonder, Musetta in La Bohème, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Stephano in Romeo and Juliet, Cornelia in Damascus, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Catherine in Seeking True South.

Miss Dunn has performed and recorded as soloist with ABC Australia and with many of Australia’s major orchestras.  Since moving to the USA in 2002, Miss Dunn has sung concert performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Chicago Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Dayton Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, Connecticut’s Summer Music Festival, Interlochen Music Festival, Sunflower Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, and the Martinu Philharmonic, Czech Republic.  Performances this year include concert appearances with the Toledo Symphony, Camerata of San Antonio, and the Spokane Symphony.  She has premiered Australian vocal works in concert internationally, and has recorded Australian compositions for EMI/Jade.  Composers Betty Beath, Stephen Lalor, David Hush, and Paul Keelan have written works for her.

Miss Dunn has won many major Australian singing competitions including the State and Commonwealth Finals of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, an Opera Foundation Scholarship, an Australia Council Grant for study in the UK, an Arts Queensland Personal Development Grant, and most recently a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, where she worked with the New York Festival of Song in New York City.  As a result of her Churchill Fellowship, Susan launched her company Songfest in 2007 with the program “A Little Bit In Love.”  Songfest is dedicated to the re-invention of the song recital with special emphasis on Australian and American song.

Miss Dunn’s international performances include the British premiere of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene in London’s West End, a tour of Pirates of Penzance – The Ballet, an American Music Theatre Gala in Tel Aviv, and Bernstein on Broadway for Leonard Bernstein – An 80th Anniversary Celebration. Miss Dunn has performed major roles throughout Australia in musical theatre, which include Leonard Bernstein’s Mass, Aspects of Love (The Really Useful Company), Baby (Queensland Theatre Company), Nunsense II (Mixed Company), Lucky Me (Tropic Line Theatre Company), Into the Woods (Opera Australia), A Little Night Music (Sydney Theatre Company) and Kiss Me Kate (Andrew McKinnon Concert Productions).  Additionally, she has both produced and performed as a soloist in concert performances of Aspects of Romance, Broadway Showstoppers, No Tune like a Show Tune, and Leading Ladies.  She has also produced and performed in Bernstein on Broadway, a show she conceived for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Miss Dunn has been instrumental as an educator while maintaining her full-time performing career.  She has held positions as lecturer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Queensland University of Technology, where she also devised programs in music theatre skills.  She is currently lecturing within the Voice and Opera Faculty of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Houston.   Miss Dunn has also taught at the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, and the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.