In 2015-16 she debuted with Frankfurt Opera as Zia Principessa and Zita in Il Trittico, and returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Wozzeck and Le Nozze di Figaro. Prior to that she performed Waltraute in Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelung, made her European debut at Grand Theatre de Geneve as Grimgerde in their new production of Die Walküre, returned to San Francisco Opera as Mrs. Ott in Susannah, covered Azucena with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and made her debut the Vienna Staatsoper in the roles of Larina in Eugene Onegin, and Dritte Blumenmädchen in Parsifal, as well as covering Fenena in Nabucco and Suzuki. Future engagements include her return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Fricka in Das Rheingold and her debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre in Eugene Onegin. Other recent engagements include Azucena in Il Trovatore and Hedwige in William Tell at Wichita Grand Opera, the role of the Fortune Teller in Strauss’s Arabella. With Santa Fe Opera, Bianca in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and Baba in The Medium with Opera Memphis and Mary in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman with Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Ms. Hendrix made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2011 in Die Walküre in the role of Schwertleite. She performs frequently with Wichita Grand Opera, and in 2011, sang Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. Additional roles also include Mercédès, Carmen; Ma, The Tender Land; Zita, Gianni Schicchi; the Princess, Suor Angelica, and Florence Pike in Albert Herring. On the concert stage, Ms. Hendrix has appeared as a soloist in Durufé’s Requiem, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, and Handel’s Messiah, among other pieces. She is a former apprentice artist with Des Moines Metro Opera, Merola Opera Program, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Ms. Hendrix is a first prize winner of the 2012 George London Competition, and a 2013 Seattle Opera Wagner Competition finalist. She attended the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory as well as the University of Northern Iowa.
Suzanne Hendrix has been described as having “amazing power,” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and has been hailed for her “sultry contralto” (Piedmont Post), as well as her acting skills.