In the 2016–17 season Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips returned 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, and returns as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. Other engagements include her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and appearances as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman.
Her 2016–17 orchestra engagements include a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C minor with Music of the Baroque, Britten’s War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Phillips also performs recitals at Carnegie Hall, Celebrity Series of Boston, Huntsville Chamber Music Guild, National Museum for Women in the Arts, and a program with bass-baritone Eric Owens at the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Highlights of Ms. Phillips’s previous seasons include numerous Met Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rosalinde in Richard Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additional highlights include Donna Anna in Frankfurt, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giradiniera at Santa Fe Opera, Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Paul McCreesh and the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque.
A native of Huntsville, Susanna Phillips returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.