Susanna Phillips, soprano
Santa Fe Opera Apprentice in 2004
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 appears at the Met this season as Pamina in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute and as Musetta in La Boheme, the role with which she made her debut with the company in 2008. She also portrays Musetta on the Met’s Japan tour in June in a cast which includes Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja.
She opened the 2010 – 2011 season as Euridice opposite David Daniels’ Orfeo in the Minnesota Opera’s Orfeo and Euridice conducted by Harry Bicket. She returns to Opera Birmingham for her first staged Lucia di Lammermoor and to Boston Lyric Opera as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her concert highlights include the Marilyn Horne Foundation Gala at Carnegie hall and a solo recital in Chicago.
Susanna made her Santa Fe Opera debut as Pamina in 2006 returning as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte in 2007, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro in 2008, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni in 2009.
In the banner year of 2005, Susanna was 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.