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Susan Cotroneo

Susan CotroneoLecturer

Departmental Responsibility:
Applied voice

West Virginia University, MM
Ithaca College, BM

A native of Rochester, NY, Susan Cotroneo is at home on both the concert and operatic stage.  Career highlights include such roles as Violetta (La Traviata), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Susannah (Le Nozze di Figaro), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Goldentrill (The Impresario), Lucy (The Telephone), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) a role she debuted at La Festival di Musica da Camera in Italy.  As a featured soloist she has performed such works as Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate.  In September of 2006 Ms. Cotroneo sang the world premier of PASSAGIO PROTETTO (Safe Passage), a monumental work paying tribute to the Italians who rescued the Jews during the Holocaust.   Ms. Cotroneo is currently the Executive Director of Empire State Lyric Theatre.

Ms. Cotroneo has studied under Gianni Raimondi and Giuseppe Taddei at Il Corso Internazionale di Perfezionamento d’Arte Vocale in Italy where she had the honor of performing the role of Musetta opposite Giuseppe Taddei as Marcello.  She continues to coach with Maestro Gildo DiNunzio of The Metropolitan Opera and Isabelle Aubin and is currently studying voice with Katherine Cowdrick.  Ms. Cotroneo holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and education from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University.

Additionally, Ms. Cotroneo co-founded Rochester Lyric Opera and currently serves as its managing director.


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