Educator, facilitator and singing specialist

 

Imagery and emotional connection are central to Suzi’s approach in all her work – both as a means to achieve the physical coordination required for singing, and to broaden singers’ range of vocal colour, draw them out of ‘bland land’ and help them to communicate with their audience. She enjoys finding creative ways to communicate complex ideas and tricky music to a broad range of people, regardless of their musical background or prior performance experience. Equality of opportunity is not a given and Suzi is passionate about developing untapped potential and providing opportunities for talented young people who may not previously have had access to music, singing or opera.

 

Suzi is the Creative Director of ENO Breathe, a social prescribing intervention she has developed together with  Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and The Baylis Programme at English National Opera (ENO). Other recent collaborations with ENO include the development of online sessions for BBC Bitesize based on singing; how and why singing makes us feel good and how vocal sound is produced.  You can find out more about this project here.

 

Other companies with whom Suzi regularly collaborates include Southbank CentreThe Royal Opera HouseGarsington Opera at Wormsley (where Suzi is Vocal Director of the Garsington Opera Youth Company), The Royal Academy of MusicOpera Holland ParkSpitalfields MusicThe Grange Festival and Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras.

 

Alongside her work in the field of opera and music, Suzi is the director of Mondegreen Leadership Ltd.  Mondegreen provides bespoke and immersive experiential workshops in a corporate training environment.  Working with an artistic team of professionals who work at the highest level – both nationally and internationally – Mondegreen enables clients to safely explore being both out of their comfort zones and being right inside a high performing team. Clients include London Business SchoolHSBCUnilever and The Academy of High Performance Teams.

 

Suzi attended The Purcell School of Music and was subsequently a music scholar at City of London School for Girls, going on to study music at The University of Manchester. After graduating, she gained a place on The Knack, Mary King’s prestigious performance course for young singers, part of English National Opera’s Baylis Programme.

‘Together this group sound spine-tinglingly good; they sing with controlled power and there is an extra thrill in hearing “normal” kids singing this refined fare’

Emma Pomfret on ROH Youth Company

‘Power to the children in this revival of Carmen, and high fives to the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company, to Suzi Zumpe their vocal director and to their stage director William Edelstein for helping them steal the show.’

Mark Valencia reviews ROH's Carmen for What's On Stage

'Sheeba, a participant in the pilot programme who was suffering from long Covid, which included breathlessness during the night, summarises the programme as “a wonderful and empowering experience”. Along with using the techniques outside of class to manage her symptoms, Sheeba praises Zumpe for “making it easy – it didn’t feel like we were doing any work”.'​

Rosemary Waugh writing in The Stage