Following a run of performances as Pamina in the Metropolitan Opera's Magic Flute this fall, American soprano Susanna Phillips will make her New York solo recital debut on November 19 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall as the recipient of Juilliard's 2009-10 Alice Tully Vocal Arts Debut Recital Award. Her program includes the world premiere of In Colors of Feelings, a song cycle she commissioned from composer Philip Lasser.
This is a banner season for Phillips, offering high-profile opportunities to hear a voice that The New York Times describes as "clear, bright and elegant" and the Dallas Morning News calls "achingly gorgeous." Her season highlights include her Baltimore Symphony debut, a Carnegie Hall Messiah, the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Elixir of Love (Adina), and her Forth Worth Opera Festival debut in Don Giovanni (Donna Anna). Catch her Pamina again next season at the Met. Here is an excerpt from the Chicago Symphony's Beyond the Score.
The 28-year-old Alabama native isn't the only one "making good" in the Phillips family. Susanna's brother Macon is the White House director of new media, a post he snared after his work on the Obama campaign. He'll be in the neighborhood for his sister's Baltimore Symphony debut this week for Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Mozart concert arias with Marin Alsop conducting.