Soprano & Librettist
Susan Bywaters is a classically trained soprano and a playwright/dramaturg specializing in the development of new opera libretti. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Theatre Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studies voice with soprano Cynthia Haymon.
Ms. Bywaters has performed works from various eras and styles ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. She has sung such roles as Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Cloris in Rameau's Zéphyre, Gianetta in Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore, and Rodrigo in Handel's Rodrigo. Also a celebrated art song and concert singer, Ms. Bywaters is a Collegiate Division Winner in the SBC-Voice Competition, a Junior Division Winner in the Bel Canto Foundation Competition, and a Semi-Finalist in the New York Lyric Opera Theater Competition. She has also been honored as a recipient of the Loeb Scholarship and was awarded the full-tuition Thomas J. Smith Scholarship by the University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance.