Susan Foster


The American soprano, an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center (formerly the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists), has been widely acclaimed in dramatic repertoire, such as Puccini’s Turandot (Opera Australia/DVD, San Francisco Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Finland’s Savonlinna Opera Festival, Greek National Opera). Foster debuted at the Bavarian State Opera as Helmwige/Die Walküre, which she has reprised with the Berlin Philharmonic, LA Opera, the Berlin State Opera, La Scala (DVD), and the BBC Proms. Among her other successes are Isolde (Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Russia’s Stars of the White Nights Festival) Sieglinde (Festspiel BadenBaden), and Leonore/Fidelio (Opera Roanoke). Foster has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Barenboim, Conlon, Gergiev, Rattle, Petrenko, and Nagano. Among the other companies with which she has performed are Washington National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Vancouver Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, New York City Opera, and Chautauqua Opera, in addition to appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and West Virginia Symphony. She can be heard on CD in the Lyric Opera Center recording of Hugo Weisgall’s Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Previously at Lyric: Eight roles since 1989|90, most recently Overseer/Elektra (2018|19), Third Maid/Elektra (1992|93); Gaudy Lady/ The Gambler, Peasant Girl/The Marriage of Figaro (both 1991|92).

Last updated: February 2, 2019