Siuzanna Iglidan is a Ukrainian-American artist, awarded musician and opera singer, and laureate of numerous international and Ukrainian competitions. She was born in Odessa, Ukraine, into a family of professional teachers. She is a graduate of the Odessa National “Antonina Nezhdanova” Music Academy, where she studied music under the leadership of Professor Nina Morozevich, and orchestra conducting with Alla Chernoivanenko. Upon completion of her studies, she received a Masters degree in Performing Arts as a bandura player and orchestra conductor. Moreover, from early childhood, she has evolved as an accomplished composer and a brilliant piano player. While studying at the Music Academy, Siuzanna discovered her passion for opera and began her maturation as a singer with Vladislav Dekhtyarenko, a former singer with the Odessa National Theater of Opera and Ballet. In 2012 she was invited to perform the role of Fidalma from the Opera “The Secret Marriage” by D. Chimarosa, staged by the National Crimean Philharmonic and conducted by Maestro Mauro Trombetta—the Artistic Director of the National Opera of Rome.
Siuzanna has been an honored guest to numerous International festivals, such as the Pranas Stepulis International Chamber Music Festival (Lithuania); Noncho Vodenicharov International Folkloric Music Festival (Bulgaria), Pskov`s International Festival of performers on multi-string instruments (Russia), Young Persons’ Opera (Russia), Teatro Piccini (Italy), and the Pyrenees Music Festival (USA). Through this work, she initiated and organized the First Independent Ukrainian bandura players’ festival—a contest, dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of Gregory Grishtopa.
Siuzanna Iglidan has taught bandura and established the youth ensemble “IMPROVIZ” at the South Ukrainian Pedagogical University (Ukraine). To further challenge herself during her time in Ukraine and improve her teaching skills, she pursued a PhD in music theory and pedagogy and participated in conferences related to science, culture, and psychology.
For her dedication, talent, and support of Ukrainian culture, Miss Siuzanna Iglidan received two special honorary awards from the Ukrainian Government and was named Honored Worker of the Ukrainian Culture.
Over and above her performing career, Siuzanna co-composed and recorded music for the movie “Julia Blue” (2016). In December 2017, Siuzanna had a debut with the Golden State Pops Orchestra in the Holiday Concert at the historic Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles. In that same year, along with a distinguished group of singers, she became the co-founder and performer of the “Opera by the Beach” production. In 2018, Siuzanna founded Global Musical Bridges, a nonprofit public benefit organization, in which she is the current President and CEO.
Siuzanna’s operatic roles include Fidalma from “The Secret Marriage” (Chimarosa); Cherubino from “The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart); Lel from “Snow Maiden” (Rimsky-Korsakov), and Olga from “Eugene Onegin” (Tchaikovsky).
Furthermore, Siuzanna Iglidan is a high fashion model, was elected Miss Ukraine at the International Beauty pageant in 2016 and supports a number of charitable organizations for foster and orphaned kids.