Susanna Philips, soprano
Alabama native Susanna Phillips has attracted special recognition for a voice of striking beauty and sophistication. Recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, she recently sang in the opening concert and Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of the Mostly Mozart Festival under the baton of Louis Langree. She will begin the 2011/12 season as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor in a new production with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, directed by Catherine Malfitano. She will make her European debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, followed by Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera National de Bordeaux. Other operatic highlights include Musetta in Puccini's La Bohéme at the Metropolitan Opera and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Minnesota Opera. Concert engagements of the 2011/12 season include debuts with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the St. Louis Symphony, and a concert performance of Mozart's Idomeneo at the Ravinia Music Festival where she will sing the role of Ilia.
Susanna Phillips began her 2010/11 season as Euridice in Minnesota Opera's Orfeo ed Euridice with David Daniels, under Harry Bicket. Additionally, performed her first staged Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Birmingham, and sang Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Boston Lyric Opera. At the Metropolitan Opera, Susanna appeared as Pamina in Julie Taymor's celebrated production of The Magic Flute, and as Musetta in La Bohéme. She also portrayed Musetta on the Met's Japan tour in June. Susanna was a resident artist at the Marlboro Music Festival for the past two summers. Concert highlights include the Marilyn Horne Foundation gala at Carnegie Hall, a solo recital in Chicago, and a recital for the US Supreme Court Justices. She was a featured artist in the Met's Summer Recital Series in Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Susanna Phillips is the winner of four of the world's leading vocal competitions - Operalia (both First Place and the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards and the George London Foundation.