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Sue Elliott


Sue Elliott has worked for 20 years in opera as an educator, new work producer, lecturer and event organiser. From 2010 to 2015 she led a redesign of Seattle Opera’s public programmes that tripled participation, revenue and designated contributions. She commissioned their first community-inspired work, An American Dream, and produced the most successful Ring Festival in company history. A popular lecturer at home and abroad, she co-hosted weekly opera broadcasts on King-FM and served on advisory boards for University of Washington’s School of Music, King-FM, Seattle Science Festival and OPERA America.

Prior to her tenure in Pacific Northwest, she spent 10 years at Houston Grand Opera where she created the company’s award-winning Song of Houston initiative – a revolutionary model for new work, learning and community engagement. Through collaborative musical story-telling, this initiative has since brought 100 organisations together to create 19 new works that have served more than 400,000 people across the globe.

An accomplished pianist and clarinettist, Sue Elliott holds music performance degrees from the University of Southern California, University of Toronto and McGill University. She is currently Director of the Teacher Certification and Network programmes at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto and presents opera talks around the world.

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