"Agil präsent spielend und singend: Susan Zarrabi"
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Mit ihrem breit funkelnden, jedoch niemals behäbig dahinströmenden Mezzosopran nimmt die Münchnerin sofort für sich ein, und sie singt so klar und unerhört textverständlich, das man aufs Mitlesen quasi völlig verzichten kann."
The German-Iranian mezzo-soprano Susan Zarrabi has been a member of the Komische Oper Berlin ensemble since the 2022/23 Season, where she has sung roles such as Arsamene in G.F. Handel's Xerxes, Princess Clarice in S. Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, the Second Lady in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute, and most recently Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte.
In the upcoming 2023/24 season, she will inhabit such roles as Cherubino from W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Lichas from G.F. Handel's Hercules and Cupido in J. Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld.
In March 2023, the young mezzo-soprano made her debut at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as well as at the Stadtcasino in Basel, singing Dorabella from W.A. Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, together with the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
Various guest engagements have taken the young mezzo-soprano to various opera houses across Germany, they include the Bavarian State Opera, Theatre Augsburg and the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
She also performed in 2022 at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall as Prince Orlofsky in J.Strauss Die Fledermaus.
Her concert repertoire spans epochs of masses, oratorios and passions, including G. F. Handel's Messiah, J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor, St. John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Elijah and St. Paul, and G. Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle.
In her artistic work outside of the opera Ms.Zarrabi likes to focus on the Lied genre. Together with her Lied duo partner Aurelius Braun, she was a finalist and won the special prize
at the 2022 Wigmore Hall Song Competition in London.
Susan Zarrabi can be heard regularly in recitals, including in 2021 and 2023 with Gerold Huber as part of the Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin. In addition she was a two-time scholarship recipient of the Lied Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling International Music Festival (2016/2017) under the direction of Thomas Hampson.
In 2018, the mezzo-soprano was a guest at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Steinbach am Attersee, where she will also perform in the Summer of 2023. Her love for Mahler took her in 2019 to the Gustav Mahler Society 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.