Then: Photo by Jim Dennis ca 1989
Singer, actress, filmmaker, scholar, and author Susheel Bibbs has toured in opera and concert presentations for over 30 years in the US, Canada, and in Europe. Bibbs received degrees in Opera and Vocal Performance at Boston University’s School for the Arts and The New England Conservatory of Music as well as diplomas in Lieder and Opera at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She apprenticed, debuted, and taught movement at the Santa Fe Opera.
Bibbs made her recital debut In Boston’s Jordan Hall and her operatic debut with renowned Opera Company of Boston under Sarah Caldwell, where she was a soloist on their roster. Concurrently she sang nationwide in opera and concert in venues such as The Santa Fe Opera, Alice Tully Hall (New York), The LA and San Francisco Chamber Orchestras to name a few. She also starred in Offenbach’s Ba-ta-clan for PBS (WGBH-TV), sang in Robert Schuller’s international Hour of Power, and with Erich Werba on The Salzburg Festival’s televised program on works of Hugo Wolf. Bibbs was a California Touring Artist for 13 years and toured extensively in works such as Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and in her own one-woman dramas and musicals on Mary Ellen Pleasant, The Mother of Civil Rights in California; these she toured at large and for California Humanities and The National Parks Service. In her media career she has garnered 25 awards, including a national Emmy. She now has films on PBS and on tour as she sings and presents master-classes on arias, concert spirituals, and black classical song. In 2012 she founded The Living Heritage Foundation to assist other artists () and in 2020 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who Among Women. Her career was recently profiled on PBS/KVIE Arts Showcase.
Susheel tours and screens films as Mary Pleasant! --
Meet Mary Pleasant
Bibbs' acclaimed one-woman (musical & dramatic) enactments
(Live and on film):are being streamed and screened!! Book them for online showings. Live performances will be booked in June for Fall 2021.
Contact/Bookings: M.E.P. Productions at
Here's what reviewers are saying --
"the best in that arena!" (Sonoma News)
"We witnessed the passion and strength of Pleasant" (SF Post)
"Another extra special Star!" (Napa Register)
"Nothing short of brilliante!" (Amazon.com Reviews)
"A great job of putting you there -- her vernacular, her acting, everything!" (San Diego City College News)
Presentations & Appearances
Trailers on and
Susheel in concert on video on YouTube
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See Bibbs' Hyers Sisters & Mary Pleasant films now on PBS
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Book Bibbs' award-winning Meet Mary Pleasant enactment or film screenings
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