Suzanne Chadwick’s active career features opera, oratorio and other solo engagements. Her recent New York debut with Opera Moderne received glowing reviews. The New York Times mentions George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children” as the concert’s highlight. It further stated “The work’s mezzo-soprano (here the focused, … Suzanne Chadwick) moves from keening vocalise to ghostly lyricism.” Thousand Fold Echo.com wrote “a gorgeous performance ... Chadwick’s technique appeared to be made of nothing but musicianship, with meaning behind each eery vocalise and declamation.” Other enthusiastic reviews from The Washington Post, Austin American Statesman, and The Sun have described her performing as: “brighter than the rest, her expressive tones adding just the right touch”; “dynamic voice and effective characterization"; “well colored”; “fine”; and “handled with insight”. She appeared as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s "Messa da Requiem" with the Austin Symphony and has been featured with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Landon Symphonette, Frederick Orchestra, as well as The Baltimore Opera Company.
Washington National Opera featured Ms. Chadwick as Mother Superior in Jerome Kern's "Showboat".
The Baltimore Opera Company kept her busy with several roles including: Jade Boucher in Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking", Dritte Magd in "Elektra", Hata in "Prodaná nevĕsta", Queen Enrichetta in "I Puritani", Giovanna in "Rigoletto", Rose in "Lakmé", Wowkle in "La Fanciulla del West", Handmaiden in "Turandot" and Jenny Carr in Stephen Paulus’ "The Village Singer". She has been fortunate to perform opposite Elizabeth Futral, Diana Soviero, Frank Poretta, Youngok Shin, Giovanna Casolla, Theodora Hanslowe, John Packard, and Gregory Kunde with conductors Patrick Summers, Oliver von Dohnanyi, Alberto Veronesi, Christian Badea, Andrea Licata, Steven White, Peter Bay and Daniel Hege.
Lyric Opera of Baltimore (LOB), the new grand opera company of Baltimore, featured Ms. Chadwick in the inaugural season and production in the role of Annina for “La Traviata”. LOB has also featured her in Artscape and several other area concerts, one which was highlighted in Harford Cable Television's "Kaleidoscope" program.
Ms. Chadwick’s symphonic engagements include The Austin Symphony as the mezzo-soprano soloist in Verdi’s "Messa da Requiem" under the baton of Peter Bay. She recently sang this again with New Dominion Chorale, performed in Washington, DC under the baton of Steve Gathman. She also appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as alto soloist in J. S. Bach’s "Cantata No. 60" with conductor Daniel Hege; and with Baltimore’s Bach Society as alto soloist in J. S. Bach’s "Magnificat" and "Cantata No. 11". She was a featured soloist with the Landon Symphonette in concert and was the alto soloist for their performance of Händel’s "Messiah". She has also been a guest soloist with The Frederick Orchestra.
Ms. Chadwick has also been the concert-ending soloist in two other concerts: one, billed as a “Celebration Concert” hosted and later broadcast by classical radio station WSCL; and the other of the Washington National Opera Chorus featuring Ms. Chadwick as Santuzza in the Ineggiamo Chorus of “Cavalleria Rusticana”. She made her Philadelphia operatic debut as Agnese in Bellini’s "Beatrice di Tenda" with Amici Opera. She's also performed the roles of Santuzza in Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana, Ulrica in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", and Pollina in Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades". Other organizations she has been featured with are: Annapolis Opera; the Potomac Valley Opera; Maryland Lyric Opera; Baltimore’s Bach Society, Young Victorian Theater Company; and Baltimore Actors’ Theater. Ms. Chadwick has also appeared in recital at the Academy Art Music (Easton, MD).