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"Susan Hellman offered a thoughtful, dramatic reading of the soprano solo. Her voice is at once operatic, yet clearly intelligible, providing the music and poetry with both direction and precision"

BIO

Soprano Susan Hellman Spatafora 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. Spatafora has performed with companies such as Palm Beach Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Sarasota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, and South Florida Lyric Opera, among others. Her featured roles have included Micaëla in Carmen, Mimì in La Bohème, Clotilde in Norma, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Anna in Puccini’s Le Villi.  Playing the title role in the 2017 Naxos DVD release of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Joshua Rosenblum of Opera News declared that Spatafora "has the perfect yearningly optimistic coloring—golden and radiant..."

She has 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.  A frequent art song recitalist and concert soloist, Spatafora regularly performs with the Tampa Oratorio Singers; recent works include Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Bach Magnificat, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, and others. When she is not performing, Spatafora serves as the Associate Director of Development for the St. Petersburg Opera Co. as well as working with  IlluminArts, an Art Song and vocal chamber music series based in Miami, Florida. 

 

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Select Performances

8-May-20    Governess - The Turn of the Screw (Britten) IlluminArts Miami

7-May-20    Governess - The Turn of the Screw (Britten) IlluminArts Miami

5-Apr-20    Soprano Soloist - Mass in B Minor (Bach) Tampa Oratorio Singers

9-Feb-20      Micaëla - Carmen (Bizet) Opera Tampa

7-Feb-20      Micaëla - Carmen (Bizet) Opera Tampa

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18-Jan-20     Mimì - La Bohème (Puccini) Imperial Symphony Orchestra

10-Dec-19    Soprano Soloist - Messiah (Handel) Tampa Oratorio Singers

9-Dec-19    Soprano Soloist - Messiah (Handel) Tampa Oratorio Singers

3-Nov-19    Soprano Soloist - Elijah (Mendelssohn) Tampa Oratorio Singers

6-Oct-19      Performing Artist Series Concert All Saints Church Lakeland

 

21-May-19    Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica (Puccini) St. Petersburg Opera Co.

19-May-19    Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica (Puccini) St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

17-May-19    Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica (Puccini) St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

17-Mar-19    Leïla - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet) Opera Tampa

 

15-Mar-19    Leïla - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Bizet)  Opera Tampa

 

22-Feb-19    Opera Guild Luncheon performance with Samuel Hall, tenor  St. Petersburg Opera Guild

21-Feb-19    Senior Luncheon performance with Samuel Hall, tenor Congregation Schaarai Zedek

17-Feb-19    Valentine's Day Luncheon Opera Orlando

 

19-Nov-18    Seasonal Sparkle St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

18-Nov-18    Seasonal Sparkle St. Petersburg Opera Co.

11-Dec-18    Soprano Soloist - Messiah (Handel) Tampa Oratorio Singers

 

09-Dec-18    Soprano Soloist - Messiah (Handel) Tampa Oratorio Singers


18-Nov-18    Soprano Soloist - 50th Anniversary Concert Tampa Oratorio Singers

 

08-Nov-18    Cocktails with the Maestro: 7 Very Unwise Moments in Opera St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

04-Nov-18    Straz Live Opera Tampa


02-Nov-18    Mornings with the Maestro: 7 Very Unwise Moments in Opera St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

01-Nov-18    Evenings with the Maestro: 7 Very Unwise Moments in Opera St. Petersburg Opera Co.

 

28-Oct-18    Soprano Soloist - Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer (Brahms) The Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation

 

07-Oct-18    Soprano Soloist - Missa in Angustiis (Franz Josef Haydn) Tampa Oratorio Singers

 

25-Mar-18    Soprano Soloist - Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 (Johannes Brahms) Tampa Oratorio Singers

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