"Agil präsent spielend und singend: Susan Zarrabi"
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Da fesselt die ungemein agile und aparte Susan Zarrabi als feinfühliger, durchaus koloratursicherer Cesare, der auftrumpfen kann"
- Oberbayerisches Volksblatt
Munich-born mezzo-soprano Susan Zarrabi has been a member of the Komische Oper Berlin's opera studio since the 2020/21 season, where she has sung roles such as Varvara in Leoš Janáček's Katja Kabanova, Flora in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the Dritte Dame in Wolfgang A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Merope in George Enescu's Œdipe.
From the upcoming 2022/23 season, she will be part of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin and will appear, among other roles, as Dorabella in Wolfgang A. Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, Princess Clarice in Sergej Prokofiev's The love for three oranges, Arsamene in Georg F. Handel's Xerxes.
In 2018 she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera in the production Geliebt, gehasst und trotzdem treu - an adaptation of Wolfgang A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
In 2019, the mezzo-soprano appeared as Cherubino in Wolfgang A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro at the Bielefeld Theatre. In 2016 she made a guest appearance at the Staatstheater Augsburg as Gianetta in a new production of Gaetano Donizetti's L' elisir d'amore, directed by Aron Stiehl.
In the same year she presented herself in the concert series Paradisi Gloria of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under the musical direction of Ulf Schirmer as Sara in Jonathan Dove's
Tobias and the Angel.
In May 2022 she was heard at the Cologne Philharmonie as Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus.
The mezzo-soprano has already performed with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, La Banda and the Munich Symphony Orchestra.
Her concert repertoire encompasses an epoch-spanning spectrum of masses, oratorios and passions, including Georg F. Handel's Messiah, Johann S. Bach's Mass in B minor, St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Elijah and St. Paul, and Gioachino Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle.
Susan Zarrabi was a two-time scholarship holder of the Lied Academy of the international music festival Heidelberger Frühling (2016/2017) under the direction of Thomas Hampson, as well as at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in 2018.
In January 2021, she performed a recital together with Gerold Huber as part of the Young Singers series of the Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Saal.
In March 2022, the mezzo-soprano was a guest at Annettes DaschSalon, where she performed duets and songs together with Annette Dasch at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
Together with the Pianist Aurelius Braun she forms a Liedduo.
In 2018, the mezzo-soprano was a guest at the 3rd Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee and in 2019 at the Gustav Mahler Vereinigung in Hamburg, where she performed again in 2020.
In 2021 she also sang Mahler songs alongside Thomas Hampson at the Gustav Mahler Forum for Music and Society in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Her concert activities to date have taken her throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.