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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 is currently tutored by Prof. Heidrun Franz-Vetter, Berlin.

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”.

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 Luciana Serra 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 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.

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.

Upcoming roles include the title roles “Madama Butterfly” and “Rusalka”.