Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Sarofim Music Series: Susanne Mentzer

7:30pm CDT March 22

Alma Thomas Theater
  • Susanne Mentzer
    Susanne Mentzer

Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts’ Music Department is pleased to present Susanne Mentzer.

American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer has established herself not only as an international singer but also as a writer, teacher and arts advocate.

She enjoys a significant opera, concert, chamber music and recital career of over thirty years appearing on four continents with nearly every great opera house and orchestra. She has been a guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera in leading roles since 1989.

Operatically, she specializes in music Mozart, Berlioz, Rossini and Richard Strauss and is widely admired as a specialist in trouser roles, most notably for her portrayals of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Idamante in Idomeneo, der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. Her extensive discography includes over 25 CDs of opera and oratorio and songs. She also received a Grammy nomination for her work as Colombina in Busoni’s Arlecchino. Opera News praises that, “Her rich, vibrant sound retains its warmth from top to bottom and throughout its broad dynamic range… She draws the listener into the spirit of each song with a deep internal connection.”

As a recitalist Susanne has appeared in recital on the Great Performers series at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel halls, NY Festival of Song, Tisch Center for the Arts, Vocal Arts Society- DC, Ann Arbor University Music Society, and others.

A proponent of women composers and new works, her interest in contemporary music has led her to premiere two song cycles by Libby Larsen: Love after 1950 and Sifting through the Ruins.

As a chamber musician she has collaborated with the Orion, American and Brentano String quartets, and appeared with Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Chamber Musicians, and the NY Philharmonic Chamber Musicians, among others. Susanne is also a writer and contributes regularly to the Huffington Post.  Her outspokenness about vocal health has earned her the VERA Award 2013  (Voice Education Research Awareness) from The Voice Foundation.

Ms. Mentzer is a mentor to young singers and as she continues to actively perform. She feels a kinship with her students. She maintains a private voice studio, and previously she spent twelve years in academia as a Professor at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and DePaul University in Chicago.


March 22, 2018

7:30PM | Alma Thomas Theater


Adults: $20.00
Seniors Over 63: $16.00
Students: $16.00 with identification

Discounted add-on ticket price with Series Subscription: $10.00

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