Suzanne Johnston has achieved the rare distinction of being recognised equally for her success in opera,music theatre, and as a concert & cabaret performer. She made her debut in 1981 with the Victoria State Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. This was followed by numerous operatic roles, as well as Melbourne & Sydney seasons as Eliza Doolittlee in the VSO’s hugely successful production of My Fair Lady,opposite Anthony Warlow. In 1985 Suzanne debuted with Opera Australia, for whom she performed over 20 major roles.
Suzanne made her international debut in 1989 as Thisbe in La Cenerentola at the Salzburg Festival.
In 1991 and again in 1992, she appeared as Dorabella opposite Renee Fleming’s Fiordiligi, in Trevor Nunn’s new production of Cosi fan Tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera under both Sir Simon Rattlel and Bruno Weil. She has several times been a guest artist on the nationally televised Carols in the Domain and Carolsby Candlelight, toured for Musica Viva, and has performed with each of the Australian state symphony orchestras.
Suzanne’s many accolades include a MO Award (now known as a Helpmann Award), Churchill Fellowship,and four Green Room Awards. She also won an ARIA award for the CD “Perfect Strangers” with Judi Connelli and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Video recordings include Hansel and Gretel, LesHuguenots, La Cenerentola, The Gondoliers, Fledermaus & Pirates of Penzance.
Suzanne is a highly respected adjudicator and examiner, currently runs a successful private teaching practice, and is a Teaching Associate in Voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.