Susan Marie Pierson
Susan Marie Pierson made her Seattle Opera debut in 1991 as Helmwige in Wagner’s Walküre and returned here in 2003 as Christine Mannon in Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra. The many leading roles in Pierson’s repertoire, include Verdi’s Lina in Stiffelio, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Desdemona in Otello, and the title role in Aida; Wagner’s Senta in Der fliegende Holländer and Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen; Puccini’s Tosca; Janacek’s Kostelnicka in Jenufa and Emilia Marty in The Makropoulos Case; and the title roles of Richard Strauss’s Salome, Elektra, and Ariadne. This American soprano has sung at Teatro alla Scala, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra National de Paris, Finnish National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Teatro Colón, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and San Francisco Opera, among others. Pierson’s recent performances include Brünnhilde in the Ring in Chemnitz and Helsinki, Elektra in Chemnitz and Austin, and Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Norfolk and Pittsburgh. She recently sang Senta at Edmonton Opera, where she has also performed the roles of the Woman in Schoenberg's Erwartung (the role she sings at Seattle Opera in 2009) and Judith in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle.