The Anti-Diva: Suzanne Nance



By Monica Wood
Photographed by Nathan Eldridge

The Information category rounds out the top ten, employing 8,777 people and including some of Maine’s most famous — workers in the arts, sports, and entertainment.

Her earliest musical memory: singing the National Anthem for a motley crowd at a Little League game. But in truth, Suzanne Nance was performing for her mother. “My mother worked really hard, didn’t have much, was going it alone. So I loved to entertain her, sing for her, tell her lots of stories.” Excellent training for an opera singer who now performs oversized tales for audiences worldwide. Suzanne sings in an expressive soprano voice often called “crystalline,” a pretty compliment that overlooks the volcanic power of her tone. Imagine crystal rinsed in scalding water. Crystal dipped in lava. Now we’re getting somewhere.

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Monica Wood

Monica Wood’s new novel, The One-in-a-Million Boy, will appear in April from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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