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on the Harkness rose named for Susan.

The rose Susan Rosalind Daniel, created by Davide Dalla Libera for, won the Prize of Honour, Ehrenpreis of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg at the 70th International Annual Rose judging competition in Baden Baden in 2023.

Her perfume, created by, is Rosa Autumnalis.

Coat of Arms This is Susan's coat of Arms. Windsor Herald (William Hunt), whom she'd known for a long time suggested that she would be eligible and suitable (not being a felon!) to have her own Coat of Arms. Arms are usually granted to people who have attained eminence in their field or have an honour from the Crown or done something particularly notable. The Arms are personal and only passed on by descent. Susan's is in the Italian colours: that is her Campo di Battaglia and thus her motto in Italian 'Per pericoli sorgo' meaning 'Through dangers I rise up' - hence the allusion to the staircase, as La Scala theatre is built on the site of Santa Maria della Scala.

Click here to see the (rather fancy!) full citation!

Comune di Milano - Launch of Third "Festa di Green City"
Palazzina Liberty, Largo Marinai d’Italia,
Parco Vittorio Formentano - Municipio 4
Milan photo

Susan sang a short evening of Italian Serenades (Tosti, Mascagni, Respighi and Davico), English Folk Song arrangements, Jazz (Cole Porter, Gershwin, Irving Berlin) and Canzone Napolitane to set the evening alight!
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Susan was featured on page 14 of the January edition of 'The Angel Resident' as 'Islington's Rose' .

Read about Susan's support for the Little Angel Theatre - more info here
Image by Charlie Hopkinson

Benenden School asked Susan for the background story to the Rose.
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Susan talks about La Scala, Milan, and the changes that have taken place.
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Susan was asked by The Times to write a tribute to Nicola Rescigno, the mentor of Maria Callas, with whom she worked for 4 years. Click here to view Susan's tribute.

Rosa Susan Daniel - the rose Robert Harkness named after Susan - is raising money for Help for Heroes, the organisation providing support for soldiers wounded in current conflicts; and there are beds of Rosa Susan Daniel planted at La Scala, Milan, amongst other places.

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And don't miss Susan's blog at

Susan's rose in bloom   Susan's rose outside La Scala, Milan

Susan Daniel sings her operatic repertoire in every major Opera House in Europe.

Born in London, she joined the English Music Theatre Company, the Basler Staattheater, Switzerland, Die Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and was invited to join the Wiener Staatsoper by Maestro Lorin Maazel before settling in Milan where she has always sung at Teatro alla Scala.

She made her Italian debut as an actress in the Shakespearean role of Titania at the Maggio Musicale, Firenze, and she has always danced, especially with the ballet companies in Munich, Palermo and Rome as well as in her many performances as Carmen, dancing Flamenco in Madrid, and in Franceso Rosi’s film of the opera with Placido Domingo.

Her French debut at the Paris Opèra as La Belle Hélène was broadcast live throughout France and she inaugurated the Rossini Bi-Centenary singing Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra at the Teatro San Carlo, Napoli, the theatre for which it was written.

Among the many conductors with whom she works are Sir Simon Rattle, Chailly, Abbado, Sawallisch, Barenboim, Muti and Lorin Maazel, and between engagements she worked for four years with the distinguished Maestro Nicola Rescigno, the mentor of Maria Callas preparing all of the same lyrico-spinto repertoire.

Susan Daniel gives many recitals as well as singing chamber music throughout Europe, and had her own television show in Japan where she sang in Japanese.

In 2002 she sang and spoke in the Rome Parliament on the Premarin Issue. Click here for more information

She has just completed a book on Spiritual Survival, and is preparing a new programme of pre-war cabaret and Neapolitan love songs for London where she was recently presented with the award of Woman of Achievement by The Princess Royal.

She sang for the final return of Concorde to Heathrow as the planes landed, having sung for her launch in both Bristol and Toulouse 25 years earlier. Click here for more information

In 2004 she was asked to choose a new rose to be named after her by the distinguished firm of Robert Harkness and Company, and made a new album, “La Vie en Rose” in seven languages, to celebrate her own, prize-winning rose. She is the first singer to receive this honour since Maria Callas in 1969.

There are now 100 rose bushes blooming in Piazza alla Scala around the feet of the statue of Leonardo da Vinci in front of La Scala, planted last year by the City of Milan on Susan's birthday. Click on 'Susan's Rose' on the left to find out more.

Susan is an International Rose Judge, her hobby is English Renaissance Portraiture and she lives in London and in a hat-box in Milan! She is currently preparing some of the great Richard Strauss Soprano roles at the suggestion of several European Houses along with repertoire by Cilea and Giordano.

Click here for full text of Susan's interview with Anna Hodgekiss

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