Susanna Phillips

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.

Recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s Beverly Sills Artist Award in 2010, Ms. Phillips returns to the company this season in the role of Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, under the baton of James Levine, and as Musetta in La Bohème. Additional operatic engagements in 2014-15 include appearances as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and the title role in Handel’s Agrippina with Boston Baroque. Ms. Phillips’s 2014-15 orchestral engagements are highlighted by performances of Fauré’s Requiem with the Dallas Symphony, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Louisiana Philharmonic and with the Mexico National Symphony Orchestra, a program with Elizabeth Futral and Music of the Baroque, Haydn’s The Creation with Oratorio Society of New York, and Mendelssohn’s arrangement of Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.

This season Ms. Phillips joins Eric Owens and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society for an all-Schubert program, sings a recital with Brian Zeger and the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, and tours in trio performances with violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Additional engagements include the 2014 Chicago Collaborative Works Festival, an appearance in Thomasville, Georgia with Warren Jones and colleagues from the Metropolitan Opera and the Emerson String Quartet, and performances at the Twickenham Fest, a chamber music festival she co-founded in Huntsville, Alabama.

Highlights of Ms. Phillips’s 2013-14  engagements included Fauré’s Requiem and Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the role of Ellen Orford in concert performances of Peter Grimes with the Saint Louis Symphony at Carnegie Hall and in Saint Louis, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Milwaukee Symphony, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Jacksonville Symphony, and Fauré’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Gloria with the San Francisco Symphony, with whom she made her debut in 2012. 

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.

(May 2015)