Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. Known for her sparkling portrayal of Musetta in La bohème, Susanna Phillips has sung at the Metropolitan Opera for 12 consecutive seasons in the roles of Musetta, Pamina, Donna Anna, Rosalinde, Antonia/Stella, Micaëla, Donna Elvira, and Countess Almaviva. Other role highlights at the Metropolitan Opera include Fiordigili, which The New York Times called a “breakthrough night," and Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin. She last performed with Music of the Baroque in February 2020.
Highly in demand by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, Susanna Phillips has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert; Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony; Philadelphia Orchestra; Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; Santa Fe Symphony; Santa Barbara Symphony; Milwaukee Symphony; St. Louis Symphony; Gulbenkian Orchestra; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Atlanta Symphony; Santa Fe Concert Association; La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest; Boston Baroque; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and her native Huntsville Symphony, where she celebrated the bicentennial of Alabama performing Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder.
Susanna Phillips is also dedicated to oratorio works, with credits including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Second and Fourth Symphonies, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, the Fauré and Mozart Requiems, and Carmina Burana. An avid chamber music collaborator, Susanna Phillips has worked frequently with pianist Myra Huang, and together they have performed solo recitals all over the United States. Susanna Phillips also co-founded Twickenham Fest, a chamber music festival in her native Huntsville, Alabama, alongside bassoonist and Huntsville native, Matthew McDonald. In 2019, the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary of chamber music with over ten concerts ranging from a children’s concert, a late night Bach concert, to Philip Lasser’s Colors of Feeling.
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 The Mozart Requiem on September 17 and 18.