Bilingual  in Italian, Susan Morton’s idiomatic and authentic mastery of the Italian language is among the things that set her apart from other pianist-coaches of her generation. Her fluent skills in Italian and French are at the heart of her ability to transmit to singers techniques for handling linguistic, musical and dramatic aspects of the Italian and French repertoire. She has studied each of the major singing languages in their home countries.

Susan joined the New York City Opera in 1995 with Le Nozze di Figaro, which was also her debut at the harpsichord. Among the productions she prepared  during her five years with the company was the Live from Lincoln Center's The Merry Widow.
Career highlights include three summers at Glimmerglass Opera as Italian coach for the company and for their Young American Artists Program. OperaWorks 2000, an innovative singing/acting training program in Los Angeles. She was Italian coach for several Manhattan School of Music's opera productions: Mirandolina and Il Matrimonio Segreto, which was acclaimed by the New York Times.

Susan spent nine summers with the award-winning Opera Festival di Roma, as coach, repetiteur, and harpsichordist. She spent three years on the Vocal Coaching Faculty at New Jersey City University, coaching singers in both Opera and Music Theater, and coordinating their Opera Scenes Program. She served as Associate Professor of Accompanying at Florida State University in the spring of 2002.
Her regional opera credits include Eugene Onegin at Indianapolis Opera, and Traviata at Connecticut Opera. At Opera Colorado she did Turandot, Orphee et Eurydice and Los Bohemios (a zarzuela) performed by their Young Artists program. Other affiliations include Sarasota Opera as Director of the Studio Artists Program, Opera Festival of New Jersey, the Berkshire Opera and Music Director of Westminster Choir College's Opera Theatre, New Jersey Verismo Opera Association and Teatro Grattacielo in New York City. 

Her work abroad now features Festa Lirica Italiana; her own program, an intensive summer program on Ischia, an island off the coast of Naples. Her other past experiences overseas include two seasons at the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, in Italy at Opera Barga, at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, and as head of the Apprentice Program of the Studio Lirica in Cortona. She was the pianist for vocal master classes held by Ettore Campogalliani at La Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy).

Her experience also includes backstage duties: conducting, titles, lights, chorus preparation and prompting. Her training includes extensive work as harpsichordist. Ms. Morton has taught Italian classes for the Language Immersion Institute at SUNY-New Paltz. In addition, she leads recitative seminars and conversation classes for singers, especially, most recently at the Manhattan School of Music. She was the Founder of the Opera Ensemble at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She maintains a private studio in New York and is an active recitalist, with appearances ranging from the Naumburg Competition at Carnegie Hall and a Community Concerts tour of the Southwest to recitals in Italy: Florence, Bergamo, Cortona and Milano.
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