Susan Hellman Spatafora
Soprano Susan Hellman exudes a “youthful freshness combined with an ardent sense of phrasing and a thrilling top register.” Known for her winning interpretations of Puccini's soprano heroines, Ms. Hellman has performed Mimi in La Bohème with Palm Beach Opera and Sarasota Opera, as well as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Central City Opera. Engagements in the 2014-2015 season included appearances as soprano soloist with the Tampa Oratorio Society in Verdi’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as well as an Evenings and Mornings with the Maestro concert series with St. Petersburg Opera, and a concert for the Young Patronesses of the Florida Grand Opera. Ms. Hellman was recently heard as soprano soloist in a recital with the IlluminArts song series in Miami, FL, a performance of Andrea Clearfield’s The Long Bright with the North Carolina Women’s Voices Chorus, and the premiere of Allan Friedman’s With Perfect Faith at Duke University. In previous seasons, she has been a soprano soloist in the Bach Magnificat with the Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches and has sung a concert tour with the Arrowhead Chorale in Duluth, MN.
Ms. Hellman has performed with opera companies such as Glimmerglass Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, and Vermont’s Green Mountain Opera. Her featured roles have included Susannah in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì in La Bohème, Clotilde in Norma, and Giannetta in L’Elisir d'Amore. She has covered the roles of Marzelline in Fidelio, Liù in Turandot, La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro and Violetta in La Traviata, among others. Ms. Hellman’s international credits include performances with the Opera Theater Festival of Lucca, and EPCASO in Oderzo, Italy. Ms. Hellman was an apprentice with Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and Sarasota Opera. She was awarded the Darla Mabee Larson Memorial Award for her outstanding performance of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly with Central City Opera. She has also been recognized for her rich soprano voice as a prize winner in competitions including the Florida Grand Opera Young Patronesses of the Opera competition, the Palm Beach Opera International Vocal Competition, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Voice Competition.Ms. Hellman received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and Master’s degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.