Eminent voice professor takes early retirement

Eminent voice professor takes early retirement


norman lebrecht

November 15, 2017

Media release:

Professor Susan McCulloch, the international soprano and senior voice professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is retiring early after more than 35 years at GSMD (recently also at RAM) after suffering a stroke in the summer.

She has made a superb recovery but feels she needs to take things a little easier now. She says that her work at GSMD has been a source of absolute joy and fulfilment and that leaving her students and the college early is ‘heartbreaking. She will carry on with some private teaching and is moving to southern Scotland with her partner Sam.



  • Pianoronald says:

    I will never forget Susan’s hilarious performance of Marcellina in “Nozze” with Sir Charles Mackerras in Glyndebourne in 1997. In der fourth act aria she interpolated an incredible high D!

  • John Edward Niles says:

    I met her years ago. She was a wonderful lady and very amusing. I have also heard several recordings of her performing and she was also an excellent singer!

  • Nicholas Ashton says:

    Dear Norman (and Sue!),

    Thank you for this super post and I wish Sue all my very best and, as, you say, since she is moving to Scotland, I hope I may have the chance of meeting her again. I worked on her behalf at Anglo-Swiss Artists for a year a long time ago (I think I may have organised the Gardiner recording of Figaro for her role as Marcellina) and we had quite a few spirited and wonderful chats on the phone!

  • Christina says:

    I knew you both far too briefly and there is a room for you both here whenever you can pass through. You will have made this area less delightful when you have journeyed north. We wish all good and great things for your next adventure…