Speakers Profile - Suzanne Johnston

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Suzanne Johnston is one of Australia's most popular singers, having achieved the rare distinction of being recognised equally for her success in opera, music theatre, and as a concert performer.

Suzanne's opera career has spanned the major companies of Australia as well as the prestigious Festivals of Glyndebourne in the UK and Salzburg in Austria, and she is a regular guest with all the major arts organisations throughout the country. She has given recitals in London, Paris, Milan, New York and Los Angeles. In music theatre, she received outstanding reviews and a MO award nomination for her performances of Eliza Doolittle opposite Anthony Warlow's Henry Higgins in the acclaimed presentation of My Fair Lady in Sydney and Melbourne, and in concert at Werribee Park. She recently appeared in cabaret in New York.

Suzanne Johnston is well known to Australian audiences through her television appearances on Good News Week, The Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, and her many video recordings, which include Les Huguenots, La Cenerentola, The Gondoliers and Die Fledermaus for Opera Australia.

As well as being acclaimed by her peers as winner of three Green Room Awards, she is also a favourite of the critics having received the Sydney Theatre Critics Award in 1993 and been named Operatic Performer of the Year at the MO Awards. Suzanne Johnston has appeared numerous times at Carols in the Domain and Carols by Candlelight, and sings frequently with The Australian Pops Orchestra. She is in constant demand for corporate events.

Suzanne has received a prestigious ARIA award for her recently released ABC Classics CD, Perfect Strangers, featuring popular and cabaret songs with another of Australia's finest performers, Judi Connelli.

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Suzanne performs songs by a range of popular composers including Lerner & Loewe, Sondheim, Bernstein, Lloyd-Webber, Cole Porter, Gershwin, Schoenberg & Boubill, Kurt Weill, Loesser, Rogers & Hammerstein, as well as a range of well-known opera arias.