Today we’d like to wish a happy birthday to Susan Memmott-Allred, who has been with Utah Opera since our 1978! Over the years Sue has designed thousands of costumes that have been seen throughout the United States, and although she’s retiring from day-to-day responsibilities at Utah Opera, we hope she’ll still be with us as a guest designer for years to come!
Here are some great comments from some of the artists who have worked with Sue in the past. Please add your own memories of Sue and well-wishes in the comments!
I wish I had photos. But, when you mention Sue’s name, I just smile. She has always been the consummate artist and colleague. Passionate about her work and her details, she makes every singer feel like a king or queen. Thanks Sue for all you have done for Utah Opera and the arts! We will miss you.
– Daniel Belcher
I have had the privilege of working with the wonderful Sue Allred since my debut at Utah Opera in 2004. I eagerly await my costume fittings at the beginning of the rehearsal process. It’s always such a delight to see the beautiful designs I’ll be wearing, and of course, it’s been such a joy to spend that time with Sue. She is one of the most kind, talented, and gracious designers I have ever known. Thank you, Sue!
-Leah Wool, Mezzo-Soprano
Sue, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re retiring from Utah Opera. The four shows we did together were truly an artistic and personal delight for me. Your designs are beautiful, and you are a dream to work with. I will always cherish our work together, and I wish you continued fulfillment and joy in whatever you do. Thank you for being a very special colleague, and congratulations on all of the beautiful costumes you have designed. You have much to be proud of. You will be greatly missed. Affectionate best wishes to you!
– Stephanie Sundine
From our first project, H.M.S. Pinafore for the Deer Valley Music Festival in 2004 through our final project, L’Italiana in Algieri in 2009, Sue has created stunning, imaginative and stylish designs which not only enhanced, but became an integral part of every production we did together. Sue brings joy and love to every design and that authenticity shines through all she does. Working with Sue has been an honor and a pleasure.
– Patricia Weinmann