Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips’ upcoming and recent activities include her return to the Metropolitan Opera for a ninth consecutive season starring as Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki, as well as a return of her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. In March 2017, she made her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She also appears as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman. She last performed with Music of the Baroque in January 2017.
Other engagements include a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, the Britten War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She will also perform recitals at the Celebrity Series of Boston, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and her popular dual recital program with Eric Owens at Carnegie Hall and the Washington Performing Arts.
Other career highlights include Metropolitan Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, and Musetta in La bohème. She appeared at Carnegie Hall for a special concert performance as Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming—a role she went on to perform, to rave reviews, at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony. Additional highlights include her debut at Oper Frankfurt as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at Santa Fe Opera, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Huntsville, over 400 people traveled from her hometown to New York City in December 2008 for her Metropolitan Opera debut in La bohème. She continues to be overwhelmed by the support she receives and returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.
Susanna Phillips performs in Elijah on September 16 and 17.