Saturday August 20, 2016
On the New Haven Green

Starring emerging singers from celebrated New England conservatories backed by a 30-Piece orchestra featuring musicians from symphonies throughout the region.

The Opera-Palooza Diva Stage is sponsored by Premier Subaru and Kia

featuring opera favorites:

Una Furtiva Lagrima
from L’elisir d’amore

Musetta's Waltz
From La Bohème

O Mio Babbino Caro
from Gianni Schicchi

Non Più Andrai 
from The Marriage of Figaro


Meet our Evening's Host

Acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano
Susanne Mentzer


Susanne is best known for her starring roles at the Metropolitan Opera in The Marriage of Figaro, Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, and other works by Italian masters Mozart and Rossini.  Read her New York times review here. 

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, most recently as Marcellina in the new production of Le Nozze di Figaro  in the fall of 2014. She returned to the Met in February and March of 2016.

Susanne recently added some new roles to her repertoire; as Mrs. Patrick DeRocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Opera Theatre St. Louis and Nellie in Carlisle Floyd’s Wuthering Heights which has also been recorded for commercial release.

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. She has also appeared in many notable female roles – Dorabella, Despina, Rosina, Adalgisa, and Jane Seymour.

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