Canadian soprano Susan Gouthro currently resides in Virginia, where she recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at James Madison University with voice professor Kevin McMillan. Prior to beginning her Doctorate, she lived in Europe for fifteen years working as a professional opera singer. Gouthro was a permanent member of the solo ensemble at the opera house in Kiel, Germany from 2002 to 2014. There she performed many of the most important roles in the lyric soprano repertoire including Mozart roles Pamina,Queen of the Night, Donna Anna, and Fiordiligi; French roles Micaela, Marguerite, Antonia, and Manon; and Italian roles Liu, both Mimi and Musetta, and Violetta. Her diversity extends to German operetta (Hanna Gawari in The Merry Widow and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus) and the first forays into Wagner repertoire with Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Czech roles which round out Gouthro’s repertoire are the title roles in The Cunning Little Vixen and Rusalka, as well as Marie in The Bartered Bride.
In the 2015-2016 season, Gouthro was celebrated as the opera-diva Carlotta in the musical The Phantom of the Opera at the Metronom Theater in Oberhausen, Germany, singing eight shows a week for over a year. Also active as a concert singer, she regularly performs in oratorio concerts as well as performing song recitals and modern music. After completing her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Canada, Susan Gouthro moved to Marseille, France where she was chosen to take part in the one-year CNIPAL young artist program. Other training programs she attended were the Contemporary Opera Program at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and the prestigious Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England where she was a two-time participant in the English Song and Contemporary Music masterclasses.