Susan Bickley is firmly established as one of the most accomplished mezzo-sopranos of her generation, with a wide repertory encompassing the baroque, the great 19th and 20th-century dramatic roles and also contemporary music. She has sung on many of the world’s great stages and on the concert platform with many of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles. A recently-recorded performance of Götterdämmerung with the Hallé Orchestra, in which she sang the part of Waltraute, won Best Opera Album at the 2010 Gramophone Awards.
On the recital platform, Susan has appeared with Roger Vignoles at the Kennedy Center in Washington, with Iain Burnside at the Wigmore Hall and at the Spitalfields Festival and with Julius Drake at St John Smith’s Square and Oxford Lieder Festival. In autumn 2011 she performed songs and part-songs by Haydn at the Wigmore Hall with András Schiff, and has recently recorded songs by Poulenc with Graham Johnson for Hyperion. Susan Bickley’s other recorded repertoire includes songs by Ivor Gurney with Iain Burnside; Handel Serse, Solomon, Theodora; Purcell The Fairy Queen, Dido and Aeneas; Vivaldi Juditha Triumphans; Reynaldo Hahn Songs; George Benjamin Upon Silence; Thomas Adès America: A Prophecy; and Simon Bainbridge Ad Ora Incerta and Four Primo Levi settings.
In May 2011 she received the prestigious Singer Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards, the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK.