Susan Neves, born in New York, had her singing debut at the Opéra National de Paris, in the title role of Norma
. From 1997, she began to sing in a number of international opera houses, such as Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Munich’s Baverian Staatsoper, the Liceu in Barcellona; the OBAO in Bilbao and in Santiago.
In these, she performed the major Verdi roles, including Abigaille in Nabucco
, the title role in Aida
, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera
, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth
, Leonora in Il Trovatore
, Odabella in Atilla
and Elisabetta in Don Carlo
. Above all, she commands attention by her portrayal of Abigaille, a part she has sung under the conductorship of James Conlon, Marcello Viotti and James Levine, to name but a few. In this part, she inaugurated the season 2001 – 2002 at Montréal and then began in the role of Elena in I Vespri Siciliani
at Bilbao. In 2002, she sang in La Trovatore
in Cagliari and Busseto (at the Verdi Festival), then Abigaille at the Arena in Nîmes, Aida
in Vancouver, and Norma
at the Liceu in Barcellona. At the beginning of 2003, she first performed the part of Alice Ford in Falstaff
at the Opéra National de Paris, under the baton of James Conlon. During the season 2003 – 2004, she took the title role in Tosca for the first time at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin and then sang at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna as Amalia in I Masnadieri, under Daniele Gatti’s conductorship. There were also performances of Abigaille in New York, Trieste, Parma and Bilbao, Aida in Monte Carlo, Elena in Athens and Amelia in Montpellier. She sang in Die Walküre at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under the baton of Edo de Waart, as well as at the Metropolitan with James Levine, at Chicago’s Lyric Opera with Zubin Mehta and at the San Francisco Opera.
In the summer of 2007, she will perform the role of Abigaille in Nabucco
at the Arena di Verona.