Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Huntsville, Susanna Phillips studied at the Juilliard School, where she continues to work with Cynthia Hoffmann. She is a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center.
The 2015-16 season sees Ms. Phillips return to the Metropolitan Opera for an eighth consecutive season, starring as Roselinda in Die Fledermaus conducted by James Levine, as well as a return as Musetta in La Bohème. She will also return to the stage of Lyric Opera of Chicago as Juliet in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume. A return to Boston Lyric Opera will mark Ms. Phillips’s debut in the role of Hanna in a new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Her orchestral engagements in 2015-16 include Beethoven’s Missa solemnis with David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony, Mahler’s Das klagende Lied with Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony, Claude Vivier’s Lonely Child and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony, as well as Juraj Filas’s Requiem with the Oratorio Society of New York and Kent Tritle.
Last season saw Ms. Phillips return to the Metropolitan Opera as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann under the baton of James Levine, as well as a reprise of the role of Musetta in La Bohème. Additional engagements included her debut at Frankfurt Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Arminda in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at Santa Fe Opera, the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque. Her orchestral engagements were highlighted by a performance of Fauré’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony and a return to the San Francisco Symphony (with whom she made her debut in 2012) for Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas.
In chamber music, Ms. Phillips has teamed for recitals with bass-baritone Eric Owens, violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Anne Marie McDermott, the Emerson String Quartet with Warren Jones, and at Twickenham Fest, a chamber music festival she co-founded in her native Huntsville, Alabama.
In 2005 Ms. Phillips won four of the world’s leading vocal competitions: Operalia, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards, and the George London Foundation Awards Competition. She also claimed the top honor at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. Her first solo album, Paysages, is available on Bridge Records.