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Susan Bullock is one of the world’s most sought-after dramatic sopranos. In recent seasons she has appeared as Wagner’s Brünnhilde at the Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lisbon, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Lyon, the New National Theatre Tokyo and with the Canadian Opera Company. She became the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden appearing as Brünnhilde under Sir Antonio Pappano as part of the London 2012 Festival. She has also performed the role of Isolde in London, Frankfurt, Verona and Rouen.

Current season highlights include Der Ring des Nibelungen for Opera Australia in Neil Armfield’s new production conducted by Pietari Inkinen, performances of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung for Deutsche Oper Berlin under Donald Runnicles, and she adds Owen Wingrave to her repertoire with performances at the Aldeburgh Festival. She gives recitals with Malcolm Martineau at the Melbourne Recital Centre and at the Sydney Opera House.

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“Bullock’s vocal stamina and force in the upper register is pretty staggering, but how beautifully she shapes her melodic material and what a fine sense of line she has. Clearly one of the great Brunnhildes of recent times.” (Alan John, Limelight, November 2013)

"This was the night Susan Bullock claimed her place as Britain’s leading dramatic soprano. As Brünnhilde in Covent Garden’s revived Ring she blazed her way to the cataclysmic climax with an Immolation Scene that was as moving as it was commanding." (Evening Standard, October 2012)

"Susan Bullock, in her first complete cycle for the ROH and not a minute too soon, has extraordinary power, her voice ringing out from upstage even when her back is turned to us. She radiates tender emotion in every gesture, essential but by no means a given for this archetypal Wagner heroine." (The Observer, September 2012)

"With a fine cast led by that pearl among current Brünnhildes, Susan Bullock, and conducted by Mark Elder... this live 2011 concert recording of Die Walküre is a knockout." (The Observer, May 2012)

"The Brünnhilde was Susan Bullock, as always profoundly musical and bringing tears to one's eyes with the tenderness of phrasing that seems second nature to her. She is not a belt-it-out Wagnerian of the old school (thank goodness) but can soar above the orchestra when necessary. Her virtue is total absorption in the role and her diction is immaculate." (Die Walküre - Hallé, Sir Mark Elder - Opera Magazine, October 2011)

"Stunning in Brünnhilde's Immolation Scene from Wagner's Götterdämmerung, her voice soaringly, movingly direct. This is the kind of singer the Last Night should be celebrating." (The Guardian, September 2011)

“Bullock meets the role's massive vocal demands with a rippling dramatic soprano, displaying real mastery of dynamic and expressive extremes.” (The Opera Critic, March 2009)

“Susan Bullock’s Elektra is astonishing – her acting glint-eyed and obsessive, her singing turbo-charged, her stamina immense and her performance as intense as anything I’ve seen at Covent Garden this year.” (The Times, November 2008)