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Susan R. DunnSusan R. Dunn

Title: Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office Location: 075 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3323
Email Address: opera@duke.edu
Office Hours:

Tuesdays 12:30-1:00, Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 or by appointment

Education

  • Masters of Music Indiana University, 1980
  • M.Mus. Indiana University at Bloomington, 1980

Duties:

Teach voice, direct opera workshop, serve as Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Grammy Award, "Best Choral Recording of 1988", Verdi, Requiem, 1988
  • Pick of the Year, Verdi, Requiem, Gramophone Magazine, 1988
  • "The Best of the New Generation: Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America", Esquire Magazine's, January 1984
  • Richard Tucker Foundation Award Winner, 1983
  • WGN-Opera on the Air Award, First Place, Chicago, IL, 1983
  • D'Angelo Young Artist Award, First Place, 1981
  • G.B. Dealey-Dallas Morning News Young Artist Awards, First Place, 1981
  • Luciano Pavarotti-Opera Company of Philadelphia Young Artist Award Winner, 1981
  • Metropolitain National Council Auditions, Winner, 1981

Teaching (Spring 2016):

  • Music 213-1.01, Opera workshop Synopsis
    Carr 136, MW 04:40 PM-06:30 PM
  • Music 213-1.02, Opera workshop Synopsis
    Biddle 019, MW 07:30 PM-09:30 PM
  • Music 290s-1.01, Sp top music history Synopsis
    Biddle 086, F 10:05 AM-12:15 PM

Teaching (Fall 2016):

  • Music 213-1.01, Opera workshop Synopsis
    Biddle 102, MW 04:40 PM-06:30 PM
  • Music 290s.01, Special topics in music Synopsis
    Biddle 086, F 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Selected Professional Work:

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    Recordings

  • S. Dunn. Verdi, Giovanni D'Arco, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale, Bologna, with Riccardo Chailly.  Home Vision Video, 1992 . (VHS and Laserdisc)
  • S. Dunn. Wagner, Die Walkure, Act I, Pittsburgh Symphony, with Lorin Maazel.  Telarc, 1991 .
  • S. Dunn. Mahler, Das klagende Lied, RSO Berlin, with Riccardo Chailly.  London/Decca, 1991 .
  • S. Dunn. Schoenberg, Gurrelieder, RSO Berlin, with Riccardo Chailly.  London/Decca, 1990 .
  • S. Dunn. Susan Dunn: Beethoven, Verdi, and Wagner Arias, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with Riccardo Chailly.  London/Decca, 1988 .
  • S. Dunn. Verdi, Requiem, Atlanta Symphony, with Robert Shaw.  Telarc, 1987 .
  • S. Dunn. Beethoven, Mass in C, RSO Berlin, with Riccardo Chailly.  London/Decca, 1987 .
  • S. Dunn. Verdi, I Vespri Siciliani, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, with Riccardo Chailly.  Home Vision Video, 1986 .

   Commissions:

  • Susan Dunn: Performances/Directorships, 1996 - 2012, 2012/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 2010 - 2011, 2011/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • In the Spotlight, Parents' and Families' Weekend Concert, 2010/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • By Sondheim!, 2009/11/22
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Die Fledermaus,, 2009/04/18
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 2000 - 2009, 2009/01/01
    with David Heid; Scott A. Lindroth; Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 2005, 2005/01/01
    with David Heid; Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1999, 1999/01/01
    with David Heid; Dr. Gregory Mason; Susan R. Dunn; Triangle Brass Band
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1998, 1998/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1997, 1997/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1996, 1996/01/01
    with Frank Bridge; Jonathan E. Bagg; Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1995, 1995/01/01
    with Duke Wind Symphony; Jane Hawkins; Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1994, 1994/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1992, 1992/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1991, 1991/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Schoenberg, Gurrelieder, RSO Berlin, 1990/01/01
    with Riccardo Chailly; Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1990, 1990/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1989, 1989/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Susan Dunn: Performances, 1986 - 1988, 1988/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn

   Performances:
  • Performances, 2013/12/31
    Soprano soloist with Rodney Wynkoop and the Durham Choral Society Chamber Choir in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Duke Chapel, March 2013. Review from CVNC (Classical Voice of North Carolina, online review site) Joining the chamber choir were some of the most outstanding local musical artists there are anywhere: soprano Susan Dunn, alto Jami Rhodes, tenor Wade Henderson, bass John Kramar, pianists David Heid (I) and Derison Duarte (II) and harmonium – Jane Lynch. Program notes, thoroughly researched and aimed at enhancing the understanding and enjoyment of the music, were prepared by Susan Dakin........ The soprano and alto duet, “Qui tollis,” is a gentle romantic air sung in all its bel-canto glory by Dunn and Rhodes. “Preludio Religioso” was preceded and followed by a gentle harmonium ritornello, but the preludio itself was a piano treasure impressively performed by Heid. Sanctus is comprised of fanfare-like phrases sung by the soloist ensemble and answered with by gentle choral Benedictus. “O salutary Hestia,” is a Eucharistic hymn not usually used in a mass. It is a beautiful operatic solo and a treat to hear it sung by Dunn.

   Directing:
  • Directing opera workshop performance, 2013/12/31
    Comedy Tonight! an evening of comic opera scenes, including: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum The Bartered Bride, Smetana The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti Cosi fan Tutte, Mozart The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart The Daughter of the Regiment, Donizetti Falstaff, Verdi
  • Directing, The Cockeyed Optimist: The Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein III, 2012
    Opera workshop performances in April of music with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III.
  • Parents' and Families' Weekend Concert, Nelson Music Room, 1996-2010
    In the Spotlight: A concert of solo and small ensemble works by students.

   Other Activities:
  • Hugo Wolf Mörike Lieder, 2011/02/01
    with J. Wustman.; S. Dunn; Susan R. Dunn; T. Potter
  • Moerike Lieder, 2010/01/01
    with J. Wustman.; S. Dunn; Susan R. Dunn; T. Potter
  • Verdi, I Vespri Siciliani, Orchestra del Teatro Communale, Bologna, 2005/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Verdi, Giovanni D'Arco, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale, Bologna, 1992/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Mahler, Das klagende Lied, RSO Berlin, 1991/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Wagner, Die Walkure, Act I, Pittsburgh Symphony, with Lorin Maazel., 1991/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Beethoven, Verdi, and Wagner Arias, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 1988/01/01
    with Susan R. Dunn
  • Beethoven, Mass in C, RSO Berlin, with Riccardo Chailly, 1987/01/01
    with Riccardo Chailly; Susan R. Dunn
  • Requiem, Atlanta Symphony, 1987/01/01
    with Robert Shaw.; Susan R. Dunn
  • Verdi, I Vespri Siciliani, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 1986/01/01
    with Riccardo Chailly; Susan R. Dunn

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