Professor of Voice and Lyric Diction; Mezzo-soprano and Voice Area Coordinator
DMA, University of Maryland
MM, Ball State University
BME, James Madison University
Mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming maintains an active and varied career, appearing frequently as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and in opera. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she has been acclaimed for her impeccable and communicative musicianship, as well as the clarity and beauty of her voice. A recent review in the Baltimore Sun (March 2012) states that “…mezzo-soprano Susan Fleming offered a sublime “Qui sedes” and further, “For me, the most outstanding soloist was Fleming, whose voice seemed truly to become part of the orchestra, as its most expressive instrument.”
Dr. Fleming has appeared in concert as soloist at such venues as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, Canterbury Cathedral, the National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Library of Congress. She has given concerts and recitals in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, England, and Romania, as well as numerous venues throughout the United States. In May 2008, she served as a master clinician and gave a recital at West University of Timisoara in Timisoara, Romania. She was invited back for more master classes and recitals in May 2009.
Twice the recipient of fellowships for the Bach Aria Festival and Institute, her extensive oratorio and concert experience includes repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and Bach to Britten, Crumb, and Westergaard. Concert appearances include engagements with the Green Bay, Abilene, Macon, Annapolis Chamber, Tuscaloosa and Alabama symphonies.
A specialist in American Art Song, Dr. Fleming has been the featured guest recitalist for both the Southern Regional and Mississippi state National Association of Teachers of Singing Conventions, as well as a convention artist for both the Mississippi and Alabama Music Teachers Association. She also appeared in recital at the Festival of American Song in Boulder, Colorado. She continues to be in demand for recital work, singing on concert series in Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as Washington D.C.’s prestigious Cosmos Club. Dr. Fleming was invited to perform for a Conference for 19th Century French Studies in Ohio, and the 7th International Conference of Spanish Carribean/Latina Writers in New York.
Dr. Fleming received critical acclaim from Andrew Porter in the New Yorker for her portrayal of the role of Alessandro in the American premier of Handel’s Tolomeo with the Smithsonian Concerto Grosso conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan. Additional operatic roles include Prince Orlofsky, Hansel, Miss Todd, Dido, Tessa (The Gondoliers), Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Herself (The Proposal), Volpino (The Apothecary, Flora (La Traviata), Queen of the Fairies (Iolanthe), and Little Buttercup (HMS Pinafore).
Dr. Fleming was a semifinalist in the 1990 Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York, and in 1991 was selected for the first International Marian Anderson Vocal Competition in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Fleming is in demand as a master class clinician throughout the southeast, mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and abroad. Her students have been frequent winners in state and regional competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the Orpheus Competition, and NATS. Student successes include roles with the Atlanta Opera, the Baltimore Opera, Center City Opera (Philadelphia), Opera Birmingham, and Alabama Operaworks. They have received apprenticeships with the Intermezzo Foundation (Bruges, Belgium), the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy, Glimmerglass Opera, Brevard Music Center, Opera North, Opera in the Ozarks, Cedar Rapids Opera, Harrower Opera Workshop, and the Druid City Opera Workshop. Former students have been accepted into graduate programs at schools including the Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Texas-Austin, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory, and others.
Dr. Fleming holds degrees from the University of Maryland (DMA), Ball State University (MM), and James Madison University (BME). She is professor of voice and voice area coordinator at the School of Music at The University of Alabama.