Acclaimed by critics as „a voice to follow“, Canadian-Cameroonian soprano Suzanne Taffot is distinguished by her rich and colourful timbre, her ease on stage and her convincing interpretations.
Having made her début with the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Fauré’s Requiem, Suzanne Taffot will appear this season in Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem also with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. She recently sang the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen with Orchestre Classique de Montréal and Lauretta in a concert with Opéra de Québec. This season will also see her in the role of Mademoiselle in the world premiere of the opera Le Flambeau by Haitian composer David Bontemps, with Orchestre Classique de Montréal under Boris Brott. At Opéra de Montréal and Opéra de Québec, she will sing the role of Chanteuse d’opéra in the world premiere of Yourcenar: une île de passions.
A much sought-after concert artist, Suzanne Taffot will sing the soprano solo in Dvořák‘s Stabat Mater at Maison Symphonique de Montréal with Louis Lavigueur conducting the Sinfonia Orchestra of Montreal. Upcoming concert appearances will also bring her the New World Philharmonic Orchestra under Michel Brousseau, with the Ottawa Choral Society under Jean-Sébastien Vallée, and as soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Orchestre Classique de Montréal under the baton of Boris Brott.
At Opéra de Limoges Ms. Taffot sang the roles of Bergère and Chouette in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. She also appeared, to great critical acclaim, as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème at Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater, at the Shenzhen and Xiamen Opera Houses, at the Kosice Symphony Hall, and as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with OpéraAmore in Montreal. At the Chorégies d’Orange, Suzanne appeared as Mimi in a „Jeunes Talents“ performance, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Saguenay St. Jean.
Suzanne Taffot participated in the recording of a CD of songs and airs by George Gershwin with the Orchestre La Sinfonia de Lanaudière under the baton of Stéphane Laforest.
At the 2022 International Competition of African Opera Voices in Paris, Suzanne Taffot was awarded first prize in the Lied category, second prize in the Opera category and won the Opera for Peace price, earning her invitations to appear at Opéra de Tours, Opéra de Montpellier, and Opéra de Toulon. Named Jeune Espoir Lyrique Québecoise 2017/18, Suzanne was three times winner of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques award and won numerous awards and prizes at other international competitions.
A native of Cameroon and French citizen, Suzanne Taffot graduated from the University of Montreal under the tutelage of renowned soprano Adrienne Savoie and Louise Andrée Baril, obtaining her master’s degree with the mark „excellent.“ Ms. Taffot had previously completed studies of law and is a lawyer admitted to the Canadian bar; she is the founder of the law firm Herrit Attorneys, a firm committed to equity and diversity in the legal field.