Alabama native Susanna Phillips has attracted special recognition for a voice of striking beauty and sophistication. Following critically-acclaimed performances of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, Susanna Phillips begins the 2009-10 season with a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Pamina in the celebrated Julie Taymor production of Die Zauberflöte conducted by Bernard Labadie. She will also appear with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore. She debuts with Fort Worth Opera in Don Giovanni as Donna Anna and sings with Opera Birmingham as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. She can be seen in concert with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop in the Mahler Fourth Symphony and Mozart concert arias and with the Alabama Symphony for their New Year's Eve Gala. She will also make her New York solo recital debut in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall under the auspices of the Juilliard School. She will also appear in recitals throughout the United States.

In the banner year of 2005, Susanna Phillips was the winner of four of the world's leading vocal competitions - Operalia (both First Placeand the Audience Prize), the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the MacAllister Awards and the George London Foundation. She completed the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2007.

The 2008/09 season brought many exciting operatic debuts for Susanna Phillips. She debuted with the Metropolitan Opera as Musetta, as Mozart's Countess with the Dallas Opera and as Donna Anna with Boston Lyric Opera and sang her first Violetta with Opera Birmingham. Recital appearances included the Vocal Arts Society at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall with the Marilyn Horne Foundation in New York. She also returned to her native Alabama to perform Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder with the Huntsville Symphony. Other concert appearances included the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra performing the Brahms Requiem and the Louisiana Philharmonic performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

During the 2007/08 season Susanna Phillips returned to SantaFe Opera as Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro in a new production by Jonathan Kent. She performed the notoriously difficult role of Elmira in a Tim Albery production of Reinhard Keiser's The Fortunes of King Croesus in her debut with Minnesota Opera conducted by Harry Bicket to great critical acclaim. She sang another role debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in her first performances with Utah Opera. She also appeared as Musetta in La Bohème at Madison Opera and Blanche de la Force in Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites at Kentucky Opera. Concert engagements included a return to the Chicago Symphony for Mozart's C minor Mass, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with the Pacific Symphony, and a return to Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York performing Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Susanna Phillips made her Santa Fe Opera debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in a new Tim Albery production conducted by William Lacey in the summer of 2006. During the 2006/7season, she sang Diana in a new Robert Carsen production of Iphigenie en Tauride at Lyric Opera of Chicago opposite Susan Graham. She also performed Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at Lyric Opera that season. In the summer of 2007, she returned to Santa Fe Opera as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, again conducted by Lacey, in a production by James Robinson. She also sang her first performances of the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor in a concert version in her native Huntsville, Alabama.

Her continually expanding concert repertoire has been showcased with many different prestigious organizations. She performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic as part of their annual "Composer's Festival" under Alan Gilbert, and she also sang Beethoven's Mass in C and Choral Fantasy for her Mostly Mozart Festival debut at Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York under Kent Tritle. She sang Mozart's Mass in c with the Huntsville Symphony, Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Santa Fe Symphony, Brahms' Deutsches Requiem with the Santa BarbaraSymphony, and appeared opposite baritone Wolfgang Holzmair in Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch at New York's Weill Recital Hall and under the auspices of the Vocal Arts Society of Washington, DC. Other recent concert and oratorio engagements include Carmina Burana, Mahler's Fourth Symphony, Mozart's Coronation Mass, the Fauré and Mozart Requiems, and Handel's Messiah. Ms. Phillips made her Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and Rob Fisherwith the New York Pops.

Ms. Phillips is a winner of the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and was awarded grants from the Santa Fe Opera and the Sullivan Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Phillips was the first prize winner of the American Opera Society Competition and the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago.

[as of 25th August 2009]




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