Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, soprano Susan Gilmour Bailey emigrated to London in 1999 to complete her Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Performing throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, Susan enjoys a varied career of concert, oratorio, opera, consort and choral repertoire.
Recent concert highlights include a programme of Schubert and Roderick Williams for Britten Sinfonia, Couperin’s Lecons de Tenebre in the Brighton Festival, Bach’s St Matthew Passion in the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland, solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah under Paul McCreesh for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Purcell and Handel at the Ambronay Early Music Festival in France, and Monteverdi’s Vespers in Budapest.
An experienced opera performer, Susan’s recent roles include ‘Belinda’ in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Opera de Dijon, principal leads in Purcell’s Fairy Queen for Opera de Lille, ‘Iris’ in Handel’s Semele for the Early Opera Company, and ‘Euridice’ in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Le Concert d’Astrée.
A member of The Gabrieli Consort and The King’s Consort, Susan tours and records regularly with various UK and European based ensembles. Recordings include music by the polish composer Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
In Canada, Ms. Bailey has performed with the Vancouver and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras as well as performing from coast to coast with the acclaimed show The Schumann Letters – a unique combination of storytelling, piano music and lied.