1. Faculty

Susanne Mentzer



  • Private Lessons


  • MM, The Juilliard School
  • BM, The Juilliard School


  • Metropolitan Opera 1989–Present
  • La Scala
  • Covent Garden
  • Vienna State Opera
  • San Francisco Opera, 1987, 1995


  • VERA Award, The Voice Foundation for Vocal Health Awareness, 2013
  • Brother Thelan Award, Alexian Brothers, USA for volunteer work, 2004

What is your hometown?

Philadelphia, PA; Thurmont, MD; and Santa Fe, NM

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Dogs, movies, theater, and Scrabble.

Who were your major teachers?

Norma Newton and Rose Bampton.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

When I was about 16, I realized my voice was different. It did not fit in with other people my age.

What was a turning point in your career?

European debut at age 26 in Cologne, Germany.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Music Therapy.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mahler, Mozart, and Richard Strauss.

What are your most important collaborations?

Craig Rutenberg (piano), Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (director), and James Levine (conductor).

Who have you had the privilege of teaching?

Cecelia Hall and Michael Sumuel.

Where have you been published?

The Huffington Post Arts Section

What recordings can we hear you on?

Carlisle Floyd: Wuthering Heights, Resonance Records
Carlisle Floyd: Songs — Citizen of Paradise, Roven Records
Wayfaring Stranger, Erato
Eternal Feminine: Songs by Women Composers, KOCH International
R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos, DVD Metropolitan Opera

What is your unrealized project?

Performing a leading role in a new opera premiere