Susan Parkes held a scholarship at the Royal College of Music (for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate opera studies) and has sung many contrasting soprano roles internationally. Highlights include performances at Sadler’s Wells, Covent Garden’s Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, The BBC Proms, Salzburg International Festival with tours across Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and Africa.
She has appeared in major Hollywood films in opera scenes (including Puccini’s Turnandot in Mission Impossible Rogue Nation with Tom Cruise), plays, television (E4 and Italy’s Rai Due), been broadcast and interviewed live on BBC radio, on recordings and in newly composed operas/artworks with her voice even being turned into an ‘app’.
Susan has premiered and recorded as soloist the award-winning, Karl Jenkins’ “Armed Man’s Mass for Peace” (subsequently recorded for Virgin Records and reaching No 1 in the British Classical Charts) at the Royal Albert Hall. Prizes include ‘best female voice’ at the international Umberto Giordano awards held in Italy. She has also been photographed in “Hello” magazine. Susan was transformed into a hologram for the first feature-length fully holographic opera “Symphony for a Lost Generation” which premiered in Vienna.
For the past 3 years, Susan has held guest vocal masterclasses on English Song and lectured at St Anne’s College, Oxford University as part of CASI. This year sees the release of her first solo album for Sleeveless Records.