Suzi Zumpe is a vocal director, facilitator and singer. She is skilled at teaching complex material to a broad range of people, regardless of their musical background or performance experience. As comfortable teaching by ear as she is working with groups who read notation, Suzi uses lots of imagery to broaden singers’ range of vocal colour, draw them out of ‘bland land’ and help them to communicate with their audience. She frequently collaborates with composers and directors devising new work.
Suzi regularly trains large groups, working with challenging repertoire and imparting good singing technique stealthily along with the way. An engaging communicator, she connects with people of all ages and abilities, and gets outstanding vocal performances from performers, experienced and inexperienced alike. She understands intimately what people need to be able to give their best and her clear and decisive guidance empowers performers to succeed.
A passionate believer in equality of opportunity and in developing untapped potential, Suzi is particularly interested in providing opportunities for talented young people who may not previously have had access to opera.
Forthcoming commitments include returning to Southbank Centre to prepare a massed choir of 200 singers for Beyond Beethoven 9, an ode to joy for our times. The performances will take place in April 2020, conducted by Marin Alsop. As choral director for The Grange Festival‘s first community opera, Jonathan Dove‘s The Monster In the Maze, Suzi will join join director Thomas Guthrie and conductor Alice Farnham. The project will culminate in performances at The Grange in July 2020. Suzi continues her association with Garsington Opera at Wormsley, where she is vocal director of Garsington Opera’s Youth Companies, both the senior and junior, working alongside director Karen Gillingham. 2020 sees a new commission, The Selfish Giant by John Barber (composer) and Jessica Duchen (librettist), which will be performed at the Wormsley Estate in August.
Other companies with whom Suzi has recently worked include The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Royal Academy of Music, Opera Holland Park, Spitalfields Music and Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras.
In addition to her work in the field of opera and music, Suzi is the director of Mondegreen Leadership Ltd, where in consultation with colleagues from the world of business, she has devised an immersive leadership development programme in which musical performance is used as a tool to enable participants to experience being right inside a high performing team. Companies with whom Mondegreen Leadership has recently worked include London Business School and HSBC.
Suzi is a Londoner, born and bred. Growing up she played violin and piano, but singing was always what drew her most. She attended The Purcell School of Music and was subsequently a music scholar at City of London School for Girls, going on to study music at The University of Manchester. After graduating, she gained a place on The Knack, Mary King’s prestigious performance course for young singers, part of English National Opera’s Baylis Programme.