The Maestro – Suzanne Mallare Acton

Known for her “supple, distinctive musical direction,” Conductor Suzanne Mallare Acton continues to earn respect and admiration for her performances in both the concert hall and the opera stage. From Handel’s Messiah to contemporary jazz, she is recognized for her versatility and dynamic style.

For Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Acton’s conducting credits include West Side Story, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, A Little Night Music,  and The Daughter of the Regiment, Carmina Burana, Les Pêcheurs du Perles and Carmina Burana.

Additional opera credits include My Fair Lady and La Traviata for Dayton Opera, The Merry Widow and Madama Butterfly for Artpark, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi and L’Elisir D’Amore for Verdi Opera Theatre, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata, and Carmen for the Wharton Center, and Tosca for Augusta Opera. Symphonic concerts include the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, The Lexington Bach Festival, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra.


In 1996, Ms. Acton was appointed Artistic and Music Director of Rackham Symphony Choir.
Under her leadership, RSC was awarded the 2008 Governor’s Award for Arts & Culture.

Ms. Acton has been recognized by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s 85 Most Powerful Women.