East Los Angeles native, Suzanna Guzmán - mezzo soprano, has appeared as a principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Genève and San Diego Opera, to name a few. Known for her portrayal of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, (Fire-breathing actress, devastatingly sexy.” TIME magazine), she is also a champion of 20th and 21st century music. Summer 2017 she sang the role of Madame Crossey in Poulenc’s Dialogue of the Carmelites with Balance Arts Berlin and earlier this season, in The Industry’s acclaimed Hopscotch, the mobile opera. Dedicated to the creation of new opera, she has appeared in premieres in lead roles in works by Michael Nyman, Daniel Catán, Giancarlo Menotti, Ian Krouse to name a few. Appearing as the Mrs. Des Rocher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking: “Guzmán came across as so authentic, it transcended the artificiality of the theatrical experience. Everything seemed to melt away: the moment danced between sobering and exhilarating.”
Among her many honors, she received a Grammy nod for the 2006 Best Classical Recording with Southwest Chamber Music, Helen Hayes Award best actress nomination for her portrayal of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Giancarlo Menotti, and an D.Mus. (Honorary Doctor of Music from Occidental College. A dedicated advocate of arts education she served as Director of Community Engagement for LACHSA.
Her dedication to bringing the arts to inner-city children earned her the 2015 Edwin Lester Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nederlanders for Service to Arts and Community. Other recent honors include: 2017 President’s Award from the Neighborhood Music School, 2015 Woman of the Year from the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation and 2015 Hispanic Scholarship Awards Mentor of the Year. She is an artist on the roster of the Los Angeles Music Center Education Division and Music Center on Tour (MCOT), and her one-woman show Don’t Be Afraid! It’s Just Opera! has been performed for over 200,000 inner-city students nationwide. Future engagements include the title role in the West Coast premiere of Bless me, Ultima by Hector Armienta and in the title role of the 15th year anniversary of the pageant Dios Inantzin: La Virgen de Tepeyac with Latino Theater Center. She lives in Los Angeles County and a thankful mother to a brilliant son. More info? Visit www.suzannaguzman.com.