Susanna Phillips is an American opera singer who has sung leading lyric soprano roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, the Metropolitan Opera as well as internationally. She won First Prize in the women's division and the People's Choice Prize at the Operalia International Opera Competition in 2005 and in 2010 received the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Award. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Phillips co-founded Twickenham Fest, a week-long chamber music festival that takes place Huntsville.
Life and career
Phillips was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Huntsville where she attended Randolph School. At Randolph, she also began studying voice with Ginger Beazley at Ars Nova School of the Arts. She received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where was a student of Cynthia Hoffmann. After completing her Masters degree in 2004, she became a member of Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers, where she covered the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni during the 2004 summer season.
Phillips was a finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in March 2005, and won both First Prize in the women's division and the People's Choice Prize at Plácido Domingo's Operalia International Opera Competition (Madrid, 2005). In March 2005, she joined Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at Chicago Lyric Opera.
She participated in Santa Fe's 50th Anniversary Arias Gala Concert on 12 August 2006 and sang the role of Pamina in the final two performances of the 2006 season production of The Magic Flute. For Santa Fe's 2007 season, she sang the role of Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut on 15 March 2008 singing Musetta in La bohème and returned there to sing Pamina (2009, 2010), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2012), and Fiordiligi (2013). In 2010 she won the Met's Beverly Sills Award .
In 2010, Phillips co-founded Twickenham Fest, a week-long chamber music festival that takes place in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama. The festival invites around a dozen young musicians to the North Alabama area to perform free concerts for the public. Phillips co-founded the festival with bassoonist Matthew McDonald, also a fellow Huntsville native.
- Metropolitan Opera Archives. Phillips, Susanna (Soprano)
- OperaliaCompetition.org. 2005 Winners.
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- Huebner, Michael (2 July 2013). "Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips making music in the mountains before return to Huntsville". Alabama Media Group.