The Industry Credits
Los Angeles native Suzanna Guzmán is one of the original Associate Artists of the Los Angeles Opera singing leads in over 400 mainstage performances in 39 different productions. She’s appeared as a principal artist with orchestras and opera houses around the world including: Metropolitan Opera, Houston Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera de Montpellier, Opera de Genéve, San Diego Opera with opera legends Placido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, Jonathan Miller, John Copely, Mstislav Rostropovich, Francesca Zambello, John Mauceri, Giancarlo Menotti, Franco Zeffirelli, Thomas Allen,Tobias Picker, Julius Rudel, Anna Netrebko, Deborah Voight, to name a few. Known for her portrayal of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, “Fire-breathing singing actress, devastatingly sexy.” (TIME magazine), she is also a champion of new music, creating roles in world/US premieres in works by Michael Nyman (Art Banker in Facing Goya), Daniel Catán (Paula in Florencia en el Amazonas) Giancarlo Menotti (Leocadia & The Duchess of Alba in Goya), and appearing recently as the Mother in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking: “Guzmán came across as so authentic, it transcended the artificiality of the theatrical experience. Everything seemed to melt away: the moment danced between sobering and exhilarating.” (Fresno Bee)
Among her many honors, she received a Grammy nod for the 2006 Best Classical Recording with Southwest Chamber Music and Tambucco Percussion Ensemble, Helen Hayes Award best actress nomination for the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Giancarlo Menotti, an honorary PhD from Occidental College and a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nederlander Association for Service to Arts and Community. Guzmán continues to perform her one-woman show Don’t Be Afraid! It’s Just Opera! which has been played to over 200,000 inner-city students nationwide. The Industry credits include First Take 2015, Hopscotch, Galileo and War of the Worlds with the LA Philharmonic. Future engagements: title role in the West Coast premiere of Bless me, Ultima by Hector Armienta, Lupita in the mariachi opera Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, and reprises for the 16th time the title role in the annual pageant: La Virgen de Tepeyac: Dios Inantzin with Latino Theater Center.