Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Bio: Canadian soprano Susan Blyth-Schofield works in a variety of related musical areas. As a performer she has received critical acclaim in opera, operetta, and musical theatre across Canada and in Europe with such companies as The Canadian Opera Company, Opéra Lyra Ottawa, Comus Music Theatre, Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Festival Estival Musical (Belgium). Chamber opera has a special appeal for Miss Blyth-Schofield and roles in the genre include Lola (Gallantry), Mlle. Warblewell (The Impresario), Geraldine (A Hand of Bridge), Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Elle (La Voix Humaine), and Judith (Herzog Blaubarts Burg) and the three roles she created – Baby (Baby), The Judge (Space Opera), and Sally (Killing Time).
No stranger to the concert stage, she has been featured in recital at The Barbican Centre (London), The Classical Music Series at The Canadian Embassy (Washington D.C.), The National Arts Centre, and Music Unlimited (Brussels), and has been heard on CBC radio and on Belgian television. Closer to home, she has performed with the Musica Viva Singers, in Opera Gelato, in the Opera in Piazza concerts during Italian Week, and with the Ceremonial Band of The Governor General’s Foot Guards. Additionally, Susan has guested at numerous official and diplomatic events both in Canada and abroad.
As a stage director, Susan has worked for Opera Lyra Ottawa, Music Unlimited (Belgium), Ooh La La Opera (Ottawa), Between Friends Music Theatre (Kitchener-Waterloo), and The Queen Elizabeth Dinner Theatre (Toronto).
On the academic front, Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from City University/The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. She is a member of The Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association and is currently serving as the District Governor for the Quebec Region of NATS. She teaches voice and interpretation in her studio in Ottawa, as well as at The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, and Carleton University (where she is an associate performance instructor, lectures in the history of musical theatre, and directs the University’s Musical Theatre Ensemble). She has a particular interest in working with young singers on acting and interpretation and gives frequent workshop/masterclasses dealing specifically with those issues. Susan is an experienced and sought after adjudicator.
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program