Susanna Phillips


The Alabama-born soprano, a Ryan Opera Center alumna, has recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Rosalinde and Musetta (she also sang the latter in the Met’s 2011 Japan tour). Another major highlight this season is her first Hanna/The Merry Widow at Boston Lyric Opera. In addition to the Met (other roles there include Antonia/Les contes d’Hoffmann, Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, and Pamina), the soprano has earned acclaim in Santa Fe (five Mozart roles, most recently Arminda/La finta giardiniera last summer), Minneapolis (Euridice/Orfeo ed Euridice, Elmira/The Fortunes of King Croesus), Barcelona (Pamina – European debut), and Frankfurt (Donna Anna). She began her stage career in Madison (Musetta), Louisville (Blanche/Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Birmingham (Violetta). The soprano has scored great successes with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (2011 opening program/live PBS telecast), New York Pops (Carnegie Hall debut), Marlboro Music Festival, and in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and Washington’s Vocal Arts DC series. Phillips has also performed with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the major orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Santa Fe, Santa Barbara, and St. Louis. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Phillips won first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Operalia, the MacAllister Awards, and the George London Foundation Awards competition (all in 2005). Her first solo album, a Debussy/Fauré/Messiaen program, was released in 2011.

Previously at Lyric Opera: Eight roles since 2005, most recently Stella Kowalski/A Streetcar Named Desire (2012|13); Lucia Ashton/Lucia di Lammermoor (2011|12); Adina/The Elixir of Love (2009-10). 


Last updated: October 18, 2016
Photo: Dario Acosta