Susannah Wapshott is from Shropshire and read Music at Manchester University followed by scholarships to the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she won prizes for piano accompaniment and repetiteurs.
Susannah started working at Scottish Opera as a junior repetiteur in 2008 and is now on the permanent Music Staff, having worked on over forty productions. She made her conducting debut with Carmina Burana at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and has since been Assistant Conductor at Scottish Opera for Katya Kabanova, Greek, The Trial, Orfeo ed Euridice and Macbeth, and Music Director/Pianist for the critically acclaimed small-scale tours of Carmen, La Traviata, Rodelinda and Macbeth. She is also Scottish Opera’s Associate Chorus Master and has prepared the chorus for Rigoletto, Edgar, Le nozze di Figaro, L’amico Fritz, Il Trovatore and Orfeo ed Euridice, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Beyond Scottish Opera, Susannah has recently been appointed Music Director for the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir and invited to conduct the Grampian Youth Orchestra. Susannah was Music Director for Edinburgh Grand Opera 2014-2017, conducting productions of L’elisir d’amore and La Bohéme and conducted La Traviata for Haddo House Opera in 2017. She has repetiteured for other companies, including Opera North and Polish National Opera. Susannah has gratefully received awards from MBF and the GEMMA Classical Music Trust.