Susanna Stranders

Head of Music and Chorus Master for Garsington Opera


Susanna Stranders is Head of Music and Chorus Master for Garsington Opera. After graduating from Exeter University with first-class honours in music, Susanna studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and University of Cincinnati, winning many accompanist prizes. She was répétiteur for Cincinnati Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Programme, and a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Texas.

Susanna was on the Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has since worked regularly for the ROH, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival and Tour, New York City Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Philharmonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Susanna has accompanied leading singers and instrumentalists in recital performances and has broadcast live for the BBC on both television and radio. She also performs with the Ellipsis ensemble, a trio for piano, flute and oboe.

A passionate educator, Susanna is a vocal coach at several leading conservatoires, leads masterclasses around the world, and adjudicates on audition and competition panels. She is an official pianist for the Neue Stimmen Competition and for the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition