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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

Celebrated by Opera News for her “perfect yearningly optimistic coloring—golden and radiant," and by Classics Today for her “impressive instrument,” soprano Susan Hellman Spatafora has performed with such companies as Palm Beach Opera, Opera Tampa, Sarasota Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, South Florida Lyric Opera and Green Mountain Opera, among others. Most recently, Spatafora “turned in a blazing performance” (Talkin’ Broadway) in the title role of Suor Angelica with the St. Petersburg Opera Company. Other recent roles have included in Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Clotilde in Norma, and Anna in Puccini’s Le Villi. Spatafora can also be seen in the title role in the 2017 Naxos DVD release of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Spatafora’s 2020 opera engagements include the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Tampa, Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème with Lakeland Opera and the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts at Vizcaya in Miami.

A frequent art song recitalist and soloist, Spatafora’s recent concert appearances include Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Bach's Magnificat, Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Andrea Clearfield’s The Long Bright and the world premiere of Allan Friedman’s With Perfect Faith. She will perform as soprano soloist in Bach’s Mass in B minor in April 2020 with Tampa Oratorio Singers.

 

Spatafora 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 graduate of the master’s program in voice at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati and bachelor’s program in voice from Indiana University, Ms. Spatafora has been a participant in the EPCASO and Opera Lucca programs in Italy, as well as young artist programs at Central City Opera, Sarasota Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival. Spatafora now makes her home in St. Petersburg, FL.

 

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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

21-Mar-20    Recital - Opera & Dance: From Picasso to Hockney Exhibition at MFA

19-Mar-20    Recital - Opera & Dance: From Picasso to Hockney Exhibition at MFA

12-Mar-20    Recital - Opera Through the Ages: St. Petersburg Opera Co. at MFA

9-Mar-20    Recital - Opera Favorites for All: St. Petersburg Opera Co. at Monte Carlo Towers

8-Mar-20    Recital - Opera Favorites for All: St. Petersburg Opera Co. at St. Mary's Winter Concert Series

7-Mar-20    Recital - Opera Through the Ages: St. Petersburg Opera Co. at MFA

29-Feb-20    Recital - Opera Through the Ages: St. Petersburg Opera Co. at MFA

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

8-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) Lakeland Opera/ 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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