Suzie began her vocal training at Birmingham Conservatoire where she won a scholarship and many prizes. In 2011 she participated in the Opera Works course with English National Opera. Since graduating she has been employed by Diva Opera, Buxton Festival Opera, Kentish Opera and Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company. Operatic roles and scenes include Carmen (Carmen – in English), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Juno (Semele), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare).
Suzie has a special interest in the performance of new music and has performed works by Pierre Boulez, Louis Andriessen, Gerald Barry, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Philip Cashian, Steve Reich, Luciano Berio, Zsolt Durkó and Cecilia McDowall. Composer Michael Wolters has written many pieces for her including a two-hour-long music theatre piece called Sing, sing! which Suzie premiered in Düsseldorf and performed again for the opening of a festival in Trier. In the UK Suzie premiered Michael’s short opera The Voyage in collaboration with Stan’s Cafe Theatre Company; a recording of this performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Other projects with New Guide to Opera have included performing on BBC4 World News Today, performing in an ice-rink during public skating hours and singing with gibbons in a cage in a zoo. Plans for 2015 include a project with Syzygy Saxophone Quartet and a recital with pianist Simon Nicholls, See www.suziepurkis.com for further details and to find out what Suzie is up to.