Susanna Barasch

Susanna B.

Washington, DC
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Lesson Details

Broadway Singing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Experienced voice teacher of 5 years available for students of all experience levels! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of healthy technique. I specialize in bel canto operatic technique, with emphasis on proper support and placement on every vowel and through each consonant. This is the same technique that is used by all the great broadway legends. I work with a wide range of repertoire with my students, including opera, lieder, oratorio, and classic music theatre in all voice types.
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About

Susanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 12 to 50 and males 15+

Teaching since:
January 2012

Susanna is an American soprano and President/CEO of M Institute for the Arts. Her recent engagements have included Puccini's Suor Angelica (Miami Lyric Opera, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Miami); Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (New York Lyric Opera, Symphony Space, NYC), Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (New York Lyric Opera, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC), Mozart's Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera, Lincoln Center, NYC); and Sousa's The Charlatan (Victorian Lyric Opera, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theater, Maryland). Upcoming roles include Juliette (Romeo et Juliette, Lincoln Center) and Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites (La Musica Lirica, Il Teatro di Novafeltria, Italy).

Teaching all levels of singing, Susanna's specialty is classical and operatic voice and holds studios in DC, NoVa, and NYC. Holding a BA of Music, she has studied under renowned Romanian soprano, Virginia Zeani, Met Opera baritone Mark Oswald, and internationally acclaimed bel canto pedagogue Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. She is also a disciple of Bulgarian piano virtuoso Tzvetan Konstantinov. Susanna serves on the board of the The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc.

Susanna instructs on proper intercostal support and the alignment of the vowels is emphasized to create long, seamless lines. Support is accompanied by a mixing of the registers to promote even vocal resonance up and down the scale. A wide range of literature may be explored, including opera, lieder, oratorio, and classical musical theatre in all voice types.

Susanna now serves as President/CEO of her own private company here in Washington, DC and as a board member of the The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky" in McLean, VA. She currently resides in Dupont Circle.

--Student Consultations--
Accepting new students for classical and musical theater genres only. Students should have the availability to practice 5-7 days per week, 60 mins per day. For your consultation, please either bring a piece from the classical voice repertoire or a piece of classical musical theater. Lessons should be recorded (iPhone is fine).

--M Institute for the Arts (Georgetown) Location--
Baby Grand Piano
Music Stand
Large Room
Professional Recording Equipment
Music Library

-Dupont Circle Location-
Electric Piano
Large Room
5 Min Walk from Dupont Circle Metro

--Recitals/Performances--
Available.

--Ages Accepted--
A child's voice should be mature enough to safely embark on the rigors classical training. Please feel free to schedule a consultation to see if your child is ready for lessons.

--Scheduling--
I do not update my TakeLessons scheduler, as I have students at various different studios, including my own conservatory in Georgetown. I have my own scheduler outside of TakeLessons. Please select your first-choice time slot on TakeLessons and we will go from there!

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Experience

President/CEO
Jun 2014 - Present
Private Business

My company is a boutique conservatory located at M & 31st in Georgetown. We offer a variety of instruments including voice, piano, guitar, viola, violin, cello, double bass, and more. We also provide practice and rehearsals space.

Voice Instructor
Jan 2013 - Present
Private Studio

Voice Instructor
Sep 2012 - Present
Private Studio

Member, Board of Directors
Oct 2011 - Present
The International Master Institute of Music "Leopold Godowsky", Inc.

Education

Music
Sep 2006 - May 2009
The George Washington University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency

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"Caro Nome" - Rigoletto - Susanna Barasch
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Virginia Zeani & Giacomo Aragall live 1965 in Madama Butterfly

Orchestra and Chorus of Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona
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5 Reviews

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DeDe Aug 4, 2017
Opera Voice · In studio

Follow her instructions for rapid results! The best.

Mo F. Jul 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio

Susanna is a great teacher! My first lesson exceeded my expectations.

Diane D. Apr 14, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Susanna is the best! I am singing things I never thought I would be able to sing. I can't recommend her enough!

Dede B. Mar 16, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

After just one lesson with Susanna I knew I had found a phenomenal teacher. She really studied directly with the best names in opera, specifically in the bel canto style. And she's able to explain it all really well. After a few months of lessons, my signing now feels so easy. It has a line to it, is controlled, clear, more powerful, more flexible, and all of my previous vocal problems have disappeared. I don't know what I did without her. SUSANNA IS THE BEST!!!

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Dannon U. Feb 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Susanna is AMAZING! After just one lesson she gave me more knowledge of the voice than I have ever had in my previous years of studying. And after working with her for a few months, my voice has improved dramatically. It is clear, my range doubled, and it rarely gets tired anymore. I can't recommend her enough!

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