Susan Ruggiero

Soprano Susan Ruggiero is an active performer and educator based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She is the recipient of several prestigious opera awards including: Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year Competition, Mozart Award in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, and district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She has performed as a principal artist with New Orleans Opera, Natchez Opera, Mississippi Opera, Kentucky Opera, Opera South, Wildwood Opera, Blue Lake Opera, and Opéra Louisiane. In addition to her performing activities, Ruggiero teaches voice and theory at the University of Southern Mississippi, flute and voice at William Carey University, and she is a performing faculty member at the Festival Música nas Montanhas in Poços de Caldas, Brazil and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. This season Susan directed and produced Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief at William Carey University and she gave a solo recital in Poços de Caldas, Brazil as part of the Música nas Montanhas–Encontro de Canto. In addition to several collaborative recitals, she will appear as the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise with William Carey University choirs and orchestra and she will return to Blue Lake Opera to perform the role of Serafina in Donizetti’s Il campanello di notte. Ruggiero holds a double master’s degree in voice and flute performance from the University of Michigan, and a DMA from Louisiana State University. When she is not singing or teaching, Susan is enjoying time with her ten-year-old son Giuseppe and six-year-old daughter Gabriella.