Sue PATCHELL  Soprano


Sue Patchell has been interpreting the dramatic heroines of Wagner and Strauss on the stages of major opera houses with great success for many years.

After her spectacular debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as ISOLDE with Maestro James Levine conducting, she has become a regular guest there, singing SENTA in The Flying Dutchman, KAISERIN in Frau ohne Schatten, KASSANDRA in Les Troyens and SALOME. She was also engaged as FIDELIO and EMILIA MARTY.

The press not only praises her ‘warm voice, elegant appearance, and the perfect clarity of her voice’ but also her ‘extraordinary passion and dedication in the portrayal of her roles’.

One of her most-sung roles is ISOLDE, which she performed at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels, at the Danish Royal Opera Copenhagen, in Trieste, Dortmund, Wiesbaden, Weimar, Mannheim, at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and in 2004 with Varley Gergiev at the Rotterdam-Festival. As CHRYSOSTHEMIS she roused enthusiasm at the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State, in Antwerp, at the Festival in Tel Aviv and in various Gala concerts. As SENTA Sue Patchell was very successful at the Opera di Roma ( Jeffrey Tate conducting), the Houston Grand Opera, in Torino and at the Hamburg State Opera. In Hamburg she also sang JENUFA.
Highlights of Sue Patchell's work at the Vienna State Opera include ELISABETH (Tannhäuser), EVA (Die Meistersinger), the MARSCHALLIN (Der Rosenkavalier), ELSA (Lohengrin) and SALOME. At the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona she also sang CHRYSOSTHEMIS (together with Eva Marton as Elektra), EVA in Meistersinger (with Bernd Weikl as Sachs) and ELSA in the production of Lohengrin by Götz Friedrich. As EVA Sue Patchell also celebrated great triumphs in Paris, Budapest and at the Opera House Bonn , where she also performed the FIDELIO-LEONORE.

The American soprano sang BRÜNNHILDE in Siegfried at the Opera House Nuremberg and at the Wagner Festival in Wels. In the Italian Premiere of Guntram from Richard Strauss at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, she was FREIHILD and she incarnated CASSANDRA in Les Troyens at the Leipzig Opera House and the Mannheim National Theatre.

The many distinguished conductors with whom Sue Patchell performs include James Levine, Gerd Albrecht, Sir Colin Davis, Jeffrey Tate, Ivan Anguélov, Heinz Fricke, Valery Gergiev, Fabio Luisi, Antonio Pappano, Donald Runnicles, Peter Schneider, Ulf Schrimer Stefan Soltesz, and many others. She has also worked with such famous stage directors as Ruth Berghaus, Dieter Dorn, Götz Friedrich, Achim Freyer, Dietrich Hilsdorf, David Pountny, etc.

Sue Patchell is also much sought-after on international stages as a Wagner and Strauss singer in concerts, and her repertoire includes The Four Last Songs, the Wesendonk songs and Isoldes Liebestod to name a few.


Albéniz Isaac Merlin Nivian
Beethoven Ludwig van Fidelio Leonore
Berlioz Hector Troyens, Les Cassandre
Tschaikowski, Petr Iljic Eugen Onegin Tatjana
Cherubini Luigi Médée Médée
Janácek Leos Její pastorkyna Jenufa
Janácek Leos Káta Kabanová Katerina
Janácek Leos Vec Makropulos Emilia Marty
Korngold Erich Wolfgang Tote Stadt, Die Marietta
Mascagni Pietro Cavalleria rusticana Santuzza
Mozart Wolfgang Amadeus Don Giovanni Donna Elvira
Puccini Giacomo Manon Lescaut Manon Lescaut
Puccini Giacomo Tabarro, Il Giorgetta
Puccini Giacomo Tosca Tosca
Strauss Richard Arabella Arabella
Strauss Richard Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne, Primadonna
Strauss Richard Elektra Chrysothemis
Strauss Richard Frau ohne Schatten, Die Die Kaiserin
Strauss Richard Rosenkavalier, Der Marschallin
Strauss Richard Salome Salome
Strauss Richard Guntram Freihild
Verdi Giuseppe Aida Aida
Verdi Giuseppe Don Carlo Elisabetta di Valois
Verdi Giuseppe Forza del Destino, La Leonora
Verdi Giuseppe Otello Desdemona
Wagner Richard Feen, Die Ada
Wagner Richard Fliegende Holländer, Der Senta
Wagner Richard Siegfried Brünnhilde
Wagner Richard Götterdämmerung Gutrune
Wagner Richard Lohengrin Elsa von Brabant
Orpheus, January 2002 (deutsch)