Possessing a distinctive voice with an arresting, deeply emotional timbre, Suzanne Vinnik has been described by Opera News as refreshing and praised for her beautifully molded, vividly communicative phrasing and caught the attention of the classical music world.
She has appeared with the Pittsburgh Opera as Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles and the title role in Hänsel und Gretel, Florida Grand Opera as Violetta in La Traviata, Lyric Opera Virginia and Las Vegas Opera as Micaela in Carmen, the Westfield Symphony as Mimi in La Boheme, and with the Castleton Festival (under Lorin Maazel), Nevada Opera, and Opera North as Musetta in La Boheme. This season, she will sing Nedda in I Pagliacci for Cedar Rapids Opera.
Ms. Vinnik has appeared on the concert stages of the Las Vegas Philharmonic on their opening night gala, entitled “Operatic Love,” the Rogue Valley Symphony in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Hoku Concert Series in Hawaii, Sun Valley Opera, Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops, Umbria Jazz Festival and appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, as a soloist with Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra in Auld Lang Syne III and the Jackie Evancho Concert, Norwegian Radio Orchestra (NRK) and as a “Star of the Future” at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival.
Ms. Vinnik is a recipient of the prestigious Georg Solti Foundation Grant (2012) and Sullivan Foundation Career Development Award (2012). She was a major prize winner in the Opera Index Inc (2010), 1st prize winner in both the NJ Verismo Opera Competition (2011) and American Prize for Opera (2012 & 2013). Other awards include 2nd prize in the Gerda Lissner International Competition (2011); 3rd prizes from Liederkranz Foundation (2011) and The Mildred Miller International Voice Competition (2011); Encouragement Award and Honorary Mention from George London Foundation (2011, 2012); Audience Favorite and Advanced 4th Prize in the Palm Beach Opera Competition (2011), numerous prizes from Marcello Giordani Foundation (2012) , The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation (2011), Giulio Gari Foundation (2011), New York Foundation for the Arts (2011), Nevada Arts Council (2010) and Queen Sonja International Music Competition (2011).
Ms. Vinnik is an alumna of the Opera Studio di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy where she studied and performed (Auditorium Parco della Musica) under the tutelage of Renata Scotto. She holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Texas Christian University with additional studies at Mannes College of Music.