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"The most brilliant performance was by far Susanne Braunsteffer's Elisabeth: charismatic, committed tone for tone to a tremendously deep role portrait." (WAZ)

Susanne Braunsteffer | Biographie

Susanne Braunsteffer was born in Rosenheim, Germany.

She studied at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg with Prof. Kiellaug Tesaker as well as Lied and Oratorio with Prof. Wolfgang Holzmair, graduating in 2008 with distinction. Already during her time at university she sang Pamina in Mozart's “Zauberflöte”.

On her artistic path she is accompanied by Prof. Heidrun Franz-Vetter (Berlin) and Prof. Kjellaug Tesaker (Salzburg).

During the 2008/09 season Susanne was a member of the Opera Studio of the Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg. Her roles there included Contessa in Mozart's “Figaro” and Gretel in Humperdinck's “Hänsel und Gretel”. From 2009 to 2011 she was invited to the ensemble of the Accademia Teatro alla Scala Milano where she worked with Mirella Freni, Luciana Serra und Renato Bruson as well as privately with Lela Cuberli.

In 2012 she was chosen to represent Germany at the BBC “Cardiff Singer of the World” singing competition.

In the following year (2013) she made her debut as Mimi in Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Teatro Municipale, Sao Paolo.

Within a couple of years Susanne established herself as a sought after performer in the lyric-dramatic Fach, singing Verdi's Leonora in “Il Trovatore”, Elisabetta in “Don Carlo” and Amelia in “Ballo in Maschera" at the Theater Dortmund. As Amelia she also made her debut at the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken in June 2015, after which she was invited to join the ensemble of the Staatstheater.

Just a few weeks later she sang her first "Aida" at the Eutiner Festspiele (2015).

Concerts led Susanne to the "Teatro all Scala" and to Parma with Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Mahler's 4th Symphony as well as a Beethoven concert series with La Verdi Orchester Milano and the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland - Pfalz, both conducted by Oleg Caetani. As a recitalist she visited Athens, Madrid as well as several venues in Germany and Austria.

In the season 2015 / 2016 -  as a member of the Ensemble of the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken -  Susanne Braunsteffer debuted the title role of Puccinis "Madama Butterfly" and Dvoraks "Rusalka".

Summer 2016 "Neue Eutiner Festspiele" Susanne made her Debut in the german "Fach" as Agathe in  "Der Freischütz"  by Weber.
Susanne stayed connected with the Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken also in the season 2016 / 2017  where she was able to achieve great successes as Tosca in "Tosca" by Puccini, as Agathe in "Der Freischütz" by Weber, as Katja in "Katja Kabanova" by Janacek and in Verdi` s Opera "Simon Boccanegra" as Amelia.

Her Wagner Debut she was able to celebrate in the role of Elisabeth in "Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf der Wartburg" conducted by GMD Nicholas Milton.

Another higlight of that season has been the concert serie to "Down Under" with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra under the conductor GMD Nicholas Milton in Canberra, Melbourne and Sidney.

Susanne Braunsteffer worked with stage directors like Ben Baur, Johannes Erath, Johannes von Matuschka, Dagmar Schlingmann, Jens Daniel Herzog, David Hermann, Tom Ryser, Arnaud Bernard, Jean - Claude Berutti, Katharina Thoma 

She has also been working with conductors like GMD Nicholas Milton, Christopher Ward, GMD Gabriel Feltz, Jac van Steen, Alexander Joel, Oleg Caetani, Jader Bignamini