What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?
The first job is to find an excellent coffee shop where I can write in the morning before the day begins.
The most inspiring composer?
Mozart. There’s something so playful and human in his music.
The first piece of music you fell in love with?
As a child, the first piece I remember getting really excited about was Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral symphony. A more mature ‘falling in love’ was anything Stravinsky, especially Firebird.
What makes a “perfect” concert?
As a listener, I find that perfection can happen when the musicians are free to risk imperfection. Irony? Maybe, but I find that the freedom to take risks is when something breath-taking and unexpected can happen. That makes a perfect concert, when the performers depart the ordinary and free themselves of what is written on the score.
Which are your Desert Island Discs?
How many can I bring?
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (Solti conducting soloists including Lucia Popp and Sir Thomas Allen)
Strauss' Orchestral Songs including the ‘Vier Letzte Lieder’ (Janowski conducting Soile Isokoski and the RSB)
Brahms' 4th Symphony (Kleiber conducting the Vienna Philharmonic)
Jeff Buckley's Grace
Radiohead's OK Computer
Suzanne Fischer was born in Hampstead, London, and grew up in Cheshire, south-west of Manchester in a musician family. She played the cello and piano from the age of 6, sang in choirs and performed with the county youth orchestra, as well as harbouring a passion for contemporary dance. She read Music at the University of Edinburgh, spending her third year on Erasmus exchange studying musicology at the University of Milan. She completed her MMus in Voice (Opera) at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik, Berlin.
Since 2015 Suzanne has performed internationally as a freelance opera singer for companies including Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Longborough Festival Opera and Iceland Opera and has been engaged for concert work with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski and Sebastian Weigle. Prior to that she worked as an arts administrator for St. Mary’s Music School and the Young Scot charity in Edinburgh, with work experience in orchestral management at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester.
She now combines working with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and as a soprano in the Chor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin with freelance concert and opera engagements.