Suzanne Lis is completing a Master's degree in Voice Performance at the University of Texas Butler School of Music in Austin, TX where she studies with Darlene Wiley.
Suzanne is a native of West Hartford, CT and graduate of Tufts University in Somerville, MA, where she majored in International Relations, Music, and French and studied with Carol Mastrodomenico.
Suzanne is a versatile performer whose repertoire and interests range from early music to new music. She was most recently heard as La Fée in Massenet's Cendrillon at the Trentino Music Festival in northern Italy. The summer of 2017 also saw her in an acclaimed performance as Mabel in Gilbert & Sullivan Austin's Pirates of Penzance and performing David Del Tredici's challenging Vintage Alice on the Density512 concert series.
Suzanne participated in the Madison Early Music Festival in the summer of 2015, where she participated in the Baroque Opera Workshop and sang as a soloist with the All-Festival Choir.
In 2014, Suzanne made her Hartford Symphony Orchestra debut on a Mozart-themed program at the Talcott Summer Music Festival singing "Ah vous dirai-je Maman" (Adam).
Suzanne is an advocate for new music. In 2014, she participated in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory, where she performed works by John Cage and Earl Kim. She is a member of TRIAD, a choral collective that performs music written by living composers in the past 25 years. She has performed works and world premieres by Andrea Clearfield (at the Hartford Women Composer's Festival), John McDonald, William Kenlon, Thomas Stumpf, and Matt Samolis.
At Tufts, she won the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize for Performance at Tufts in April 2013, as well as the music department’s annual Outstanding Contribution to Performance award in May 2013. She was a winner of the Concerto Competition during her senior year and sang Donizetti’s “O luce di quest’anima” with the Tufts Symphony Orchestra on their spring concert.
During her time with the Tufts Opera Ensemble, she participated in scenes programs and performed the role of Penny in Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. She also debuted the role of Violetta in Vartan Aghababian’s new opera, The Knave of Hearts. The Boston Musical Intelligencer described her performance as “passionate...striking and especially pleasing coming from a college-age singer.”
As a scholar of both French and music, Suzanne has been funded by the Tufts Summer Scholars program to pursue her interests in the salon operettas of Pauline Viardot-Garcia, under the mentorship of Tufts Professor Alessandra Campana. She has conducted research in both Paris and Boston and produced a final paper on Cendrillon, Viardot’s final operetta.
In the summer of 2011, she participated in Songfest at Pepperdine University, where she sang in masterclasses for Roger Vignoles, William Sharp, Amy Burton, and Lisa Saffer. She has been chosen to sing in masterclasses for Christine Goerke and Dawn Upshaw.