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Suzanna Guzmán, mezzo-soprano

Amanda ForsythActor, tv/radio host and mezzo soprano, has appeared as a principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Genéve and San Diego Opera, to name a few. Known for her portrayal of the title role in Bizet's Carmen, (Fire-breathing actress, devastatingly sexy." TIME magazine), she is also a champion of new music, most recently, in The Industry's acclaimed Hopscotch, the mobile opera. She has created premieres in lead roles in works by Michael Nyman, Daniel Catán, Giancarlo Menotti, Ian Krouse, and recently as the Mother in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking: "Guzmán came across as so authentic, it transcended the artificiality of the theatrical experience. Everything seemed to melt away: the moment danced between sobering and exhilarating." Fresno Bee Among her many honors, she received a Grammy nod for the 2006 Best Classical Recording, Helen Hayes Award best actress nomination for her portrayal of the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors directed by Giancarlo Menotti, an honorary PhD from Occidental College and a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nederlanders for service to Arts and Community. A member of the Music Center Education Division and Music Center on Tour, her one-woman show Don't Be Afraid! It's Just Opera! has been performed for ver200,000 inner-city students nationwide. Future engagements include the title role in the West Coast premiere of Bless me, Ultima by Hector Armienta, Mrs. Martinez with the L.A. Phil/Industry collaboration of War of the World music by Annie Gosfield, Mrs. Sarti in Bertol Brecht's Galileo translated and directed by Yuval Sharon 2018, and in the title role of the 15th year anniversary of the pageant Dios Inantzin: La Virgende Tepeyac with Latino Theater Center

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