“Suzanne Fatta, as a member of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Buffalo/Toronto District Advisory Committee, performed a miracle for us! At the last minute we asked her to go on stage as our MC (who had failed to show up) and with very little preparation she performed as if she had rehearsed for hours. AND she did it with such great humor and savvy. The audience, and most importantly the head of the Metropolitan Opera National Council who was here from New York as one of the judges, was greatly impressed with Suzanne’s ability to connect with the audience. The feedback has been amazingly positive and she will now be our permanent MC. It takes such a special personality to pull that off. She is a gem!”
- Mary Berlow, Co-Director MONC Auditions Buffalo/ Toronto District
Sarah Sizzles for Volup2, October 2017
We are beyond proud of Sarah Jane Howard, Buffalo's top rising plus model who has been in development with MODAL for the past two years. Check out this incredible editorial for Volup2 Magazine she shot with THE Velvet d'Amour, one of the top photographers in the world! A Rochester native, Velvet has been in Paris for many years where she's a model, photographer and artist.
Individualism Obliged ~ Photographer Velvet d'Amour, Stylist Johanna Rodriquez, Hair Halsey Gavaletz, Makeup Chantel Eaton.
Karen's big opera roles, Fall 2017
Big congratulations to Karen D'Angelo, lyric coloratura soprano, on booking the roles of Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with Nickel City Opera, and The Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute with Buffalo Opera Unlimited.
Panel Moderator, May 2016
I Paneled the Nickel City Opera presentation on our world-premiere opera SHOT! at The Buffalo History Museum on Wed 5/11. Top WNY Historians lead us through the Pan Am Expo; and NCO's artistic staff (including our Founder, and the opera's Director) brought us Behind The Curtain for the genesis of SHOT!
MODAL Client Guy Tomassi lands major film role, April 2016
We are so incredibly proud to tell you that MODAL client Guy Tomassi has a major speaking role in the Hollywood film Marshall filming in Buffalo this summer! We did a rush-job on Guy's CV and Headshots, and our favorite in-house photographer Gary at Glaser Studios did a beautiful job of tailoring these HSs to this particular audition. Good for you, Guy!
Volup2 article on Vivaldi's Women, October 2015
My worlds have collided ~ model, opera singer, author, diversity advocate, gender researcher... Read my full article (in both French & English) in VOLUP2 Magazine's REBEL issue on Vivaldi's Women, Low Voiced Females and the world's foremost Female Bass Margaret Jackson-Roberts. I had the great pleasure of singing with this world-famous group as a Bass; I fight for Low Voiced Females with the same passion I do diverse models... and they face much of the same prejudice. High res screencaps are here. Check out the article, pages 237 - 244.
National Opera Day radio Interview, October 2015
Here's my latest interview with Peter Hall at Classical 94.5 WNED about Opera Week 2015 in WNY, highlighting both my performance with the Camerata di Sant'Antonio and my Lecture-Recital on Bartok for OperaBuffs of WNY. Read this preview in Artvoice as well. David Hyde Pierce is the Chairman of Opera Week 2015!
Feature on Sing Well, April 2015
I'm honored to be a featured singer at Sing Well, a community of artists who support each other by sharing their vocal experiences and health tips. Sing Well is sponsored by the Voice & Swallowing Institute at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai NYC.
Check out my posting and my 3 Tips for Vocal Health here: "Be Kind To Your Instrument, Hydrate & Lubricate, Adjust Your Singing Style As Needed. "A professional singer, model, scholar, actress and more, Suzanne is a star in many ways. A contralto, she performed bass with the world-famous Vivaldi's Women. Today she shares her top advice for aspiring and established singers everywhere."
716 shoot with Angelea, Buffalo Rising article, December 2014
Joining America's Next Top Model All Star Angelea Preston and Mrs. New York America Jessica Lahr, I'm featured in this amazing Buffalo Rising article 'Truly Beautiful Buffalo: Big Animal, Small Town, Infinite Allure'! Photography by Cheryl Gorski. Hair styling by Hersha Mckinney, BeYoutiful Transformations and Lashawn Adamson. MU by Danielle Weiser. Creative Direction & accessories by Nicole Davis for Franci Jewelry. And article by Halley Marie Shaw! I had the vision for this shoot almost a year ago, and I am SO grateful to this amazing team of ladies for their artistry. The shoot was a total blast (Cheryl rolling in from NYFW with a gorgeous kitten on her arm was a highlight) filled with positivity and fierce high fashion.
Celebrating Curves ~ Inside Pulp'Fashion Week international documentary, November 2014
After a screening Press Day in Paris at Pulp Up The Show! organised by Histoires de Courbes, the documentary Celebrating Curves: Inside Pulp'Fashion Week is now out! Documenting the first 2 editions of Pulp'Fashion Week Paris, which took the plus world by storm, it is directed by Fred Ambroisine & Aurélie Palomita. I'm featured very prominently in the film and all the press: My interviews are at 1:15, 2:10, 7:40, 9:25, 11:40, 17:05, 19:45, 21:25, 31:00, 38:55, 39:45 and 41:20 (with lots of catwalk footage 33' - 38'). Watch it here:
National press for Opera Week 2014, October 2014
I'm honored to be selected by OPERA America as one of the top 15 events across the country for Opera Week this year! Check out their Press Release highlighting my Lecture-Recital Wayward Sisters: Witches, Sorceresses and Gypsies in Opera for OperaBuffs of WNY among all the amazing nation-wide events. Big thanks to Mary Kunz Goldman at The Buffalo News for this article about me, the event and OPERA America's selections.
Press film of Uptown Fashion Week, September 2014
Watch me rip the runway for top designer Serita Bell and speak in this media interview about the plus industry at Uptown Fashion Week in NYC. The garment I wore for her was beyond stunning: view images here and here - I got major applause, beat out all the other girls vying for this dress, and sold three pieces for the designer! Read this review in Latin Trends about the show, I'm a featured model. Interview starts at 0:55"
Geico Careers TV & radio commercial, February 2014
The advert I shot for for Geico.jobs called 'Growth and Stability' with HomeRun Creative is now released! It's airing throughout WNY on TV and radio, nationally on the Geico YouTube channel, and on national TV in Iowa & Central Georgia. You can also see my audition video here.
Article written for the RMA, October 2010
Here is an article I published with the Royal Musical Association as their Student Representative on the Council. It's called "Musicology across the Border(s)" and discusses differences in musicological education around the Anglophonic world -- it can be found on the 6th page of this newsletter.
BBC Radio interview, August 2010
Here is an interview I gave with Liz Green of BBC Radio Leeds about plus-sized models, listen in and let me know your views…