Soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. In the 2019–20 season, she returns to The Met as the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, makes her role debut as Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová, and reprises the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She returns to Opera Theatre of St. Louis for her role debut as Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. In concert, Ms. Phillips sings Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the San Francisco Symphony at its opening night gala concert led by Michael Tilson Thomas, Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Jane Glover, and John Adams’s El Niño with the Houston Symphony led by David Robertson.
Recent operatic highlights include performances at The Met as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Clémence in The Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de loin. Internationally, she made her debut at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and at the Zurich Opera House and Opera Frankfurt as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
Ms. Phillips’s concert engagements have included the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as well as the Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also appeared in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina and as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with the Boston Baroque.
Susanna Phillips is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. More than 400 people traveled from her hometown for her Metropolitan Opera debut in La bohème, in 2008. She returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.