What Our Participants Say........
“With the New Year upon us I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for Pagliacci.  I really enjoyed working with you and I am already a better singer for it- so thank you.”
Alexandra Woodruff, Nedda/I Pagliacci
Fall 2018
 
“Thank you Susan! Was great to finally make some music together! Really love your insights!”
Joseph Gansert, Conte di Luna/Il trovatore
Summer 2018
 
 “Thank you once again for a thrilling STC Hansel & Gretel on Saturday! It was wonderful getting to know you and work with you, brief as our time together may have been. I hope to sing with you again soon.”
JoAnna Geffert,  Hansel/Hansel and Gretel
Summer 2018
 
“The course and concert were both wonderful experiences. Thank you, Susan, for creating a welcoming environment for young and expressive singers, for your time, knowledge, and brilliant coaching.”  
Hanna Socorro, Summer 2018 Aria Reboot Camp
 
 
“Any time it comes up, I tell anyone who will listen that if you need to prepare an Italian recit, go see Susan Morton, and yes, you can quote me on that.
 
Duncan Hartman,  Don Alfonso/Così fan tutte; Basilio/Barbiere di Siviglia
 
 
“I feel such tangible progress in the past year, and the STC readings have been a great opportunity for all kinds of learning and fun!”
Carolina Kipnis,   Serse/Serse
Spring 2018
 
 
Susan has a vast knowledge of Italian and French repertoire in particular. Her depth of understanding of bel canto and Verismo styles combined with her intimate knowledge of the languages, and her ability to convey the details of the text makes her one of the best coaches I've worked with. Any piece I've worked with her has benefited immensely from her insight.”
 Alexis Cregger,  Alcina/Alcina  
Summer 2016
 
 “Thank you so much for the Acknowledgement Award. (I secretly hoped that I would get one!!). I'll be sure to set up some coachings when I'm there next. Thank you again for all you do for us singers and for your encouragement!”
 
Gillian Watson, Micaela/Carmen
Spring 2016
 
“I just want you to know that I've really enjoyed our coachings and I very much enjoy working with you. Your coaching space feels warm and safe, so I greatly appreciate that.”
 
Walker J. Jackson,  José/Carmen
Spring 2017
 
 
“Thanks, Susan! This was such a fun reading - maybe the best one I've done with you. Thanks for putting it all together!”
Jane Hoffman, Morgana/Alcina
Summer 2016
 
 
 
“I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity to sing in the reading on Saturday and for offering valuable time out of your schedule on busy days! I appreciate all your insight, time and the knowledge you've shared with us in coachings and in the reading. I hope to continue this work and am thankful for your guidance in the process!”
 
Natasha Nelson, Romeo/I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Spring 2016
 
 
“Just wanted to say THANK YOU! again for the sing through on Sunday. What a warm environment to test the waters of the new technique I'm learning as well as learn some new rep! I really enjoyed gaining your incredible insight on the recits and the Italian language, and would love to work again in the near future. This really set me up well to perform a different Mozart opera later next month! All really good stuff.”
 
Emily Kate Naydeck, Servilia/La Clemenza di Tito
Winter 2015
 
 
“What a treat this was for me to have such a luxury cast (and orchestra ;) for my first Manon.”
Emily Johnson, Manon/Manon Lescaut
 
 
“Thank you so much for offering me the challenge of singing Giovanna for the very first time.  What a great experience!  Thank you so much for your gentle encouragement and brilliant coaching on all things Italian, recitative, and bel canto style.”
 
Margaret O’Connell, Giovanna Seymour/Anna Bolena
 
“What a beautiful opera-great job to all!  Thanks to Susan- you are such a great pianist and conductor!  I could hear the orchestra :)) “
 
Sadie Dawkins Rosales, Ciocio San/Madama  Butterfly
 
“Thank you so much for everything!  Sunday was a great experience. I had a great time working on Micaela. It is a wonderful role....I learned a lot. Thank you so much for your patience as we worked through this wonderful, long, and challenging masterpiece. I know that I now have a solid foundation for further study.”
 
Sara Laszlo, Micaela/Carmen
 
 
“I am so proud to say that I learned my role(s) first with STC; thank you for all that you do!! Grazie Mille!”
Jennie Legary, Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro
 
 
“Thank you again for all that you do, Susan. The emphasis that you put on details, both musical and textual, gives singers the information they need to become more thoughtful about what they are doing. I certainly appreciate it.”
 
Patricia Mullenaux, Amor,/Orfeo ed Euridice
 
 
You are wonderful and your coachings are so valuable.  I don't think anyone could teach recit better than you can. Thank you for being my (and countless others') musical mama!”
Lauren Alfano , Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare
 
 
“I spent the evening singing Marcellina for SingThrough Central’s run-through of Le Nozze di Figaro. It was fun! And I especially enjoyed holding the score  open for the first two(ish) acts. Because I absolutely love being right next to  a good pianist, doing what they do. Susan's great and it's cool to see, as well as hear her work. Also there were extremely good snacks.”
 
Christa Hylton, Marcellina/Le Nozze di Figaro
 
 
“I was thinking of you today as we were preparing our joint recital: which was all made possible of the connection we established in doing SingThrough Central's Un Ballo in Maschera--this totally fun and varied recital happened because of you and the fabulous work you do; not only in coaching and preparing roles/full operas, but in connecting like-minded, hardworking colleagues! :) “
 
Amy Suznovich, Oscar/Ballo in Maschera
 
 
“Thank you so much for the STC experience! I really enjoyed working with you and learned a lot of things that I think will serve me well not only as I continue working on Tosca but, also for general role prep moving forward.   It was so nice to have such a safe and supportive environment last night.”
Andrea Nwoke, Tosca
 
 
”...and it's a joy to sing to your playing: beautiful, supportive, guiding, painting..”
 
Liora Michelle Green, Violetta/La Traviata
 
 
“Thank you SO much for sharing your wealth of knowledge and expertise in helping me to prepare for Così!  It was the perfect project!  The role is absolutely amazing and I appreciated very much the opportunity to sing it with you and the cast.  I had a blast throughout the entire preparation process!  You are wonderful!!  Looking forward to continued growth and collaboration with you.”
 
Amy Marie Rood, Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte
 
“Thank you so much for the Turandot reading last night!  I learned where my weak points are...but I also recorded Liu's final scena and I have to say, I was overall very pleased with our music-making at that point in the opera!  Brava to you for the excellent musical preparation of Ping, Pang, and Pong, and also for the musical preparation we did ahead of time.  Not to mention all the work you did to set up the reading, put a cast together, and be an orchestra last night!  I, for one, cannot wait to do it again!”
Michelle Trovato, Liù/Turandot
 
 
Congratulations on guiding us all through that fab score! I was so pleased to work out the first steps of learning Ulrica! I was really impressed with each singer! Wow! And you were amazing as always with helpful tips and solid coaching. Thanks for a great evening!”
Fran Bjorneby Kraemer, Ulrica/Ballo in Maschera
 
“Thanks so much for the opportunity to work on and perform Oscar with STC. The work you do is so important, needed and greatly appreciated.”
 
Amy Suznovich, Oscar/Ballo in Maschera
 
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the wonderful opportunity to learn this fantastic role and for all of the work you put into helping me to delving into it. It was a great experience and I look forward to working with you again soon. Lets do it again!!!”
Emily Johnson, Tosca
 
 
“I want to thank you so much again for inviting me to sing such an amazing role with such amazing singers and such an amazing coach! Thank you for all you taught me and I look forward to someday singing with you again! And you deserve the recognition of ‘Most awesome coach in the world!’ "
 
Stacey Canterbury, Elisabetta/Don Carlo, STC at the Metropolitan Opera Guild
 
 
I had a wonderful time participating in the Idomeneo read-through.  It's been a pleasure to coach with you this summer.  Thank you very much!”
 
Jennifer Weingartner, Ilia/Idomeneo
 
 
“Thank you, thank you, thank you!  For your time, efforts, knowledge, patience, humor.....all of it!   I have been completely inspired by the experience.”
 
Daniel C. Thaler, President, Pocket Opera of New York, Alfredo/La Traviata
 
“Susan has been invaluable to me. Her coaching of Italian recitative (Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and, most recently L'Elisir ) and for the title role in Verdi's Falstaff has given me a deeper understanding of the idiomatic sound and inflection of the Italian language."                                                          
Jan Opalach, Dulcamara /L’Elisir d'Amore
 
 
“Thanks so much for the wonderful preparation of Sparafucile back in the Summer of 2011! I'm performing the role with Salt Marsh Opera in the next couple of weeks and so much of our work long ago has stuck! STC fills a really important niche.”
 
Michael Reder, Sparafucile/Rigoletto
 
 
“I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks for allowing me to be a part of today's reading.  It was such a great challenge and such an incredible experience to be able to sing with those great singers in front of a friendly audience.  I really appreciate all of your coaching and guidance.”
 
Lauren Alfano, Cleopatra/Giulio Cesare, STC at the Metropolitan Opera Guild
 
“For my part, as an unfinished singer, I...go to someone who can make suggestions that will complement my technical work.  To that end, a shout-out to...Susan Morton of Sing-Through Central provides a great service to young singers, teaching them appropriate roles in a nurturing atmosphere. “
 
Jean-Ronald LaFond,  Radames, Luigi/ Il Tabarro, Idomeneo
 
 
“What a great time this evening. Thank you for including me in your Aida. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to much more work together.”
 
Elias Notus, Ramfis/Re/Aida
 
 
“Preparing my first Flora, and am SO thankful you assigned it to me at your Italian immersion program in Ischia! Thanks to our work together there my score is already compete with pronunciation guides, interpretive marks, word for word translation, and performance conventions - YOU are an Angel!”
Linda Priebe, Flora/La traviata
 
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to sing my first tenor role, and for the preparation you gave us...I'd love to work with you again, it is such an amazing way to learn a part!!” 
Raphaël Treiner, Tebaldo/I Capuleti e I Montecchi
 
 
“Greetings from Alaska!  L’Elisir is going great.  Thank you for your help in preparing the role. I am grateful for all that you have done to support my career through the years.  Thanks and looking forward to singing with you in the fall.”
 
Eapen Leubner, Nemorino/Elisir d’amore
 
 
“Thank you, Susan, for having a forum like this to try new or brush off old roles.  Because of our sing through, I now have a new role in my repertoire.  And to all of my colleagues - what a pleasure to be able to try something new with a great group of singers! Whenever I audition with "Oh smanie, oh furie" I will think of all of you :) !”
Courteney Wilds, Elettra/ Idomeneo
 
"I had a wonderful time singing Nedda in Pagliacci. What a wonderful opportunity to learn a role and get it under your belt!  Not having sung in a while because of reworking my technique with a new teacher, this was a great way to get my feet wet again and to get my confidence back in a non-pressured situation.  This experience made me feel confident enough to enter an Italian competition...which consequently led to me being invited to the next round in Milan in October!  Sometimes you just need a jolt of confidence and courage to get to the next step and Sing Through Central provided me with that jolt! Thanks so much, Susan, for the opportunity!”
Maria Ciccaglione, Nedda/ I Pagliacci
 
“I just wanted to say how great it was working with you yesterday. I am enjoying the recit project so much and feel that we made real progress with La Contessa.  I...hope that after this project is over that we may continue to work together.”
 
    Rebecca Blinder, Contessa /Le Nozze di Figaro
 
“STC’s readings have been invaluable in helping me to prepare new roles or to refresh old ones.  They provide a low-stress and supportive environment in which to work a new role;  together with the opportunity to learn within a deadline and time-framework. They also help me gauge my musicianship and how long it takes me to work a new role into my voice.  It is a wonderful night of both music-making and networking!"
 
                                                Maryann Mootos, Il Tabarro, La boheme, Faust
 
 
“....the work we did on Norina from our reading of  2-3 years ago has continued to stay with me, so that I even remember specific markings from my old (lost) score to make in my new one!  You really know how to help musical and stylistic markings "stick" in the mind of a singer!
 
Michelle Trovato, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor
 
 
“Wanted to let you know I got cast as Nedda with Pocket Opera for next April!
Thanks for getting me all ready!”
Shermayne Brown,  I Pagliacci
 
 
“ 'Twas a wonderful SingThrough today. I was so happy to take part in a group of great singers - I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope to see you all again soon - and wish you luck with all your auditions and jobs etc. Bravi tutti! And thanks to Susan for organizing and playing it all - Mille grazie!!!”        
                                                                  
   Vale Rideout, Cosi Fan Tutte
 
 
" ...thank you for making an environment so conducive to exploration and discovery. I learned a great deal last night..”      
                                                                     Dave Ekstrom, Ballo in Maschera
 
 
"I have to say I was well prepared for the trip and didn't have any difficulties with text or music. Thank you for that. "        
                                                                             Yana Eminova, Don Giovanni
 
 
“Just wanted to thank you for your help, wonderful spirit, and fantastic playing last night.”          
                                                              Lisa Sherman, Gala Opera Aria Evening
 
 
"It is a big show, that's for sure, and wonderful to go over, especially with other singers. I can not thank you enough for the opportunity."
 
Barbara Staffen, Ballo in Maschera
 
 
“How terrific Monday night's SingThrough was! I congratulate you all for your hard work and beautiful, stylistic, sensitive and funny singing..... lots of great belcanto moments and a few that we were privileged to hear for the first time...All in all, I must say for me it was very satisfying experience!”  
 
 Andrew Ranson, L’Elisir d'Amore
 
 
“... it WAS a lot of fun, wasn't it? Such a nice group of people... and such lovely, expressive musicians! I'd also like to thank everyone for letting me sing thru my first Mimi! You all made it a real pleasure.”
Rebecca Hicks, La Boheme
 
 
“Thank you so much for providing this opportunity for me. I am hoping to work more on this role and I would welcome the opportunity to do another reading or and/or public performance of the piece. You played beautifully as always! Warmest regards”
Marcus Auger, Faust