Susan Wheeler - Career Lift Off

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About The Artist

Susan Wheeler, Soprano

American Soprano Susan Wheeler is a dynamic operatic and concert performer, and a trained Equity actress. Her fiery vocalism and dramatic intensity have drawn comparisons with singers of the golden Bel Canto era. The Annapolis Capitol praised her prize-winning performance in the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, declaring that she sang “an extraordinarily articulated rendition of the ‘Bell Song’. The ease with which Ms. Wheeler put every note in precisely the right place, caused comment that even the famous Lily Pons, for whom it was something of a signature aria, hadn’t done it that perfectly, and maybe even not that beautifully.”

Susan made her Carnegie Hall debut recently (Mozart Requiem, Dvořák Te Deum,(Johnathan...

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Susan Wheeler has just returned from a successful concert and opera training tour in Italy, where her performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni was acclaimed as "nuanced and beautifully sung."

Laura Pasqualetti, noted opera coach and pianist with Maestro Riccardo Muti and Soprano Mariella Devia, worked with Susan this summer in Tuscany, and has suggested that Susan return to Italy this year to sing for a long list of opera companies and conductors. The cost of mounting an audition tour of Italy and New York can be as much as $27,000. 

Conductors and directors also want Susan to produce new audio and video recordings of performances with full orchestra. The contacts are lined up and an orchestra is at the ready, along with recording engineers and video production experts who can outfit her with everything she needs to reach the top of her profession. The cost for these recording sessions and production is $22,000.

Listen to Susan Wheeler sing Micaela's aria from Bizet's Carmen on Sound Cloud.

Susan sings "Ain't It a Pretty Night" from Susannah by Carlisle Floyd

Susan as Violetta singing "Ah, forse lui...Sempre libera" from La Traviata by Verdi

Susan Wheeler as Pamina sings "Ach, ich fühl's" from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart



  • $6,760 - Voice Lessons with former Met tenor Gioacchino LiVigni                                         
  • $2,080 - Semimonthly Coachings with La Scala conductor Giovanni Reggioli                     
  • $1,380 - Monthly Coachings with monthly with NYC conductor William Hicks               

SUBTOTAL $10,220


New York City (coachings and auditions) – assume 12 trips

  • $1,200 - Amtrak (coach economy)                                                                                          
  • $500 - DC to NYC buses                                                                                                    
  • $400 - Taxis and subway                                                                                                    
  • $600 - Meals                                                                                                                        
  • $1,800 - Lodging                                                                                                                      

Philadelphia (voice lessons)

  • $2,000 - Gas                                                                                                                          
  • $500 - Tolls                                                                                                                          

Livorno, Italy (for audition tour, job leads as result of Bel Canto in Tuscany attendance)

  • $1,600 - Airfare (coach)                                                                                                          

Europe (audition tour) – assume four weeks

  • $1,600 - Airfare (coach)                                                                                                          
  • $4,200 - Lodging                                                                                                                      
  • $500 - Eurail pass for Germany and France                                                                        
  • $1,800 - Meals                                                                                                                          

SUBTOTAL $16,700


  • $700 - Audition accompanists                                                                                              
  • $300 - New York City studio rentals    



  • $6,000 - Album recording and production :High-end professional recording and production of 5-6 tracks including arias and art song, to including orchestra for operatic material, with New York Philharmonic engineer Mette Due.   
  • $10,000 - Video recording and production: High-end professional production of two operatic aria performance videos including orchestra, with Microsoft and Intel video producer Kelly Crandell.                                                                    
  • $2,500 - Photography: Photo shoot for concert and audition headshots, album cover and inserts.
  • $1,500 - Online promotion: Web site upgrade and site maintenance fees                              

SUBTOTAL  $20,000

                                                                                                                    GRAND TOTAL $47,920

Every donation helps, and most donations are tax deductible!  In addition to an income tax deduction, I’m offering a few unique ways to say thank you for those who contribute.

  • For those that choose to help fund the opera audio and video recording in New York City, come to the set and experience a multi-camera, professional stage and meet the orchestra players and conductor who will be producing the recordings. Additionally, a signed video copy and audio CD is yours as a memento of your experience and a heartfelt "thank you." 

Thank you so much for joining me on my journey, as we deepen our shared humanity through the arts.



Not comfortable donating online?  We accept donations via check as well.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 25, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Susan Wheeler" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.  To receive an emailed receipt, include your email address with the donation or send us a quick note at [email protected] to let us know the donation is on the way.