Susanna Phillips

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Susanna Phillips (Huntington) is an American singer who has sung leading lyric soprano roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, the Metropolitan Opera as well as internationally.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Phillips was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Huntsville where she attended Randolph School. She received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Cynthia Hoffmann.[1] After completing her master's degree in 2004, she became a member of Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers.

In March 2005, she joined Lyric Opera Center for American Artists at Lyric Opera of Chicago, now the Ryan Opera Center. During her tenure with the program in Chicago she sang Diana in a new Robert Carsen production of Iphigenie en Tauride opposite Susan Graham, and performed Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus.


While at the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s LOCAA program, she participated in Santa Fe Opera's 50th Anniversary Arias Gala Concert on August 12, 2006, and sang the role of Pamina in the final two performances of the 2006 season production of The Magic Flute. Following in the 2007 season she sang the role of Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte.

She made her Metropolitan Opera debut on 15 March 2008 singing Musetta in La Bohème and has returned to The Met during numerous seasons to sing this role, as well as Pamina (2009, 2010), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (2012), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (2013, 2014), Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2015), and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (2014, 2015, 2016). In 2010 she won the Met's Beverly Sills Award.[2][3]

Over the last decade she has held leading operatic roles at numerous companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oper Frankfurt, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Birmingham, Fort Worth Opera, Boston Baroque, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Gran Teatro del Liceo Barcelona, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, and Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Japan. Highly in demand by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, Phillips has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Alan Gilbert, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), Philadelphia Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Chicago, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Santa Fe Concert Association.

Seasonally, Susanna Phillips enjoys working in collaboration with other artists in recital and chamber music performances. Such performances have included those with Paul Neubauer and Anne-Marie Montgomery, at the Parlance Chamber Music Series with Warren Jones, the 2014 Chicago Collaborative Works Festival,[4] the Emerson String Quartet in Thomasville, Georgia with Warren Jones and colleagues from the Metropolitan Opera, and at Twickenham Fest,[5] a chamber music festival she co-founded in her native Huntsville, Alabama. The soprano made her solo recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with pianist Myra Huang.[6] Phillips has also teamed with bass baritone Eric Owens in recital, which they have taken on tour in Chicago with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at the Gilmore Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Family Life[edit]

Susanna currently resides New York City with her husband, notable New York lawyer David Huntington, and their children. She is sister to Macon Phillips.



  • CarmenMicaela (Bizet)
  • Les Pecheurs de PerlesLeila (Bizet)
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream – Helena (Britten)
  • Peter GrimesEllen Orford (Britten)
  • Turn of the Screw – Governess (Britten)
  • L’Elisir d’AmoreAdina (Donizetti)
  • Orfeo ed EuridiceEuridice (Gluck)
  • Roméo et JulietteJuliette (Gounod)
  • AlcinaAlcina (Handel)
  • AgrippinaAgrippina (Handel)
  • Giulio CesareCleopatra (Handel)
  • RodelindaRodelinda (Handel)
  • Die lustige WitweHanna (Lehar)
  • ManonManon (Massenet)
  • ThaisThais (Massenet)
  • Cosi fan tutteFiordiligi (Mozart)
  • Don GiovanniDonna Anna (Mozart)
  • Don GiovanniDonna Elvira (Mozart)
  • IdomeneoIlia (Mozart)
  • La finta giardinieraSandrina (Mozart)
  • Le Nozze di FigaroCountess (Mozart)
  • Die ZauberflötePamina (Mozart)
  • Les contes d'HoffmannAntonia (Offenbach)
  • Les contes d'HoffmannStella (Offenbach)
  • Dialogues des carmélitesBlanche (Poulenc)
  • A Streetcar Named DesireStella (Previn)
  • La BohèmeMusetta (Puccini)
  • L'amour de loinClémence (Saariaho)
  • Die FledermausRosalinda (Strauss)
  • La TraviataVioletta (Verdi)


          Cantatas (Various)
          Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachts-Oratorium), BWV 248
          Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium), BWV 249
          Magnificat, BWV 243
          Masses (Various)
          St. John Passion (Johannes-Passion), BWV 245
          St. Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244

          Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24

          Egmont, Op. 84
          Mass in C, Op. 86
          Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
          Symphony No. 9, Op. 125

          Les Illuminations, Op. 18
          Spring Symphony, Op. 44
          War Requiem, Op. 66

          Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

          Psalm 150 , WAB 38
          Te Deum in C major, WAB 45

          Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson

          Chants d'Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne)

          Requiem in B-flat minor, Op. 89, B. 165
          Stabat Mater, Op. 58
          Te Deum, Op. 103

          Christmas Oratorio
          St. Cecilia Mass, CG 56

          Peer Gynt , Op. 2

          Dixit Dominus HWV 232
          Messiah, HWV 56

          Mass No. 10 in C, “Paukenmesse”
          Mass No. 11 in d, “Nelsonmesse”
          Mass No. 12 in B flat, “Theresienmesse”
          Mass No. 14 in B flat, “Harmoniemesse”
          The Creation
          The Seasons

          Das Klagende Lied
          Symphony No. 2
          Symphony No. 4
          Symphony No. 8

          Elijah, Op. 70
          Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang," Op. 52

          Poemes pour mi

          Concert Arias (Various)
          Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165
          Mass in C, K. 257, “Credo”
          Mass in C, K. 317, “Coronation”
          Mass in c, K. 427, “The Great Mass”
          Requiem, K. 626

          Carmina Burana

          Stabat Mater, P. 77

          Gloria, FP 177
          Stabat Mater, FP 148

          The Bells, Op. 35

          Scenes from Goethe's Faust (Paradies und die Peri)

Strauss, R.
          Orchestral Songs
          Four Last Songs, TrV 296

          Stabat Mater, Op. 53

          Gloria, RV 589
          In furore justissime ire, RV626
          Laudate Pueri, RV 601


Susanna regularly collaborates with pianists and other instrumentalists for art song recitals and chamber music concerts with a variety of thematic and musical interests. For more information on current projects visit her website.

Discography and Recordings[edit]

  • Wasting the Night, Naxos, 2010, CD
  • Paysages, Bridge, 2011, CD
  • Poul Ruders, Vol. 8, Bridge, 2012, CD
  • The Opera America Songbook, Opera America, 2012, CD
  • Colors of Feelings, Delos, 2012, CD
  • Brass Rail Blues: Music by Patricia Morehead, Navona Records, 2014, CD
  • An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope, GPR Records, 2014, CD
  • Dear Theo: 3 Song Cycles by Ben Moore, Delos, 2014, CD

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • Operalia International Opera Competition, First Place and the Audience Prize (2005)[7]
  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2005)[2]
  • MacAllister Awards (2005)
  • George London Foundation Awards Competition (2005)
  • Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition
  • American Opera Society Competition
  • Musicians Club of Women Chicago
  • Sullivan Foundation
  • Beverly Sills Award (2010)[2][3]
  • Space Camp Hall of Fame (2015)


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