Suzanne Balaes












photo by Eric Mull







“Balaes is a performer of uncommon warmth, talent and grace. Her creamy soprano soars over vocal and instrumental ensembles with ease and assurance. Her top notes, rich with emotion, ring with strength and fervor.”


“Balaes has a spinto soprano that sounds like liquid gold. Using it with refinement and taste, she is touching and exciting.”

- Venice Gondolier, Venice, Florida


"Suzanne Balaes was a full-voiced, passionate and believable Santuzza."

- The Longboat Observer, Sarasota, Florida


"As Violetta Valery, Suzanne Balaes, possessor of a vibrant soprano of dulcet quality, rose to the demanding role both vocally and dramatically. Provocative and flirtatious in the first act duet Libiamo, vulnerable in Ah, fors’č lui, and hedonistic in sempre libera, she transcended the merely showy vocalizations which abound in these arias to create a multi-dimensional character.”

- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida


“Balaes as Tosca had the most imposing task which she met head on. Her voice is perfect for Tosca, having an edge that allows her to project both caressing tones and commanding high notes of rage and horror. Her aria Vissi d'arte was one of the high points of the opera.”


- The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon