Susanna Phillips, soprano

Mount Gretna, PA, United States

Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse

7:30 PM
$1 - $23

One of today’s most sought-after operatic sopranos with a voice that the New York Times calls "especially exquisite."

Susanna Phillips, soprano, and Myra Huang, piano

Recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, Susanna Phillips is one of today’s most sought-after operatic sopranos. With a voice that the New York Times calls “especially exquisite,” she she was featured in this season’s Met Live in HD broadcast of Puccini’s La bohème. Susanna has also starred at the Met in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

The Program

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Hermit Songs, Op. 29

At St. Patrick’s Purgatory

Church Bell at Night

St. Ita’s Vision

The Heavenly Banquet

The Crucifixion

Sea Snatch


The Monk and His Cat

The Praises of God

The Desire for Hermitage

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42

Seit ich ihn gesehen

Er, der Herrlichste von allen

Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht glauben

Du Ring an meinem Finger

Helft mir, ihr Schwestern

Süßer Freund, du blickest mich verwundert an

An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust

Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan



Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

Mignon Lieder, from Goethe Lieder

Heiss mich nicht reden

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt

So lasst mich scheinen

Kennst du das Land


Elizabeth Brown Larsen (b. 1950)

Try Me Good King – Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII

Katherine of Aragon

Anne Boleyn

Jane Seymour

Anne of Cleves

Katherine Howard

The Composer

The Artists

Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. In 2016-17 Ms. Phillips returned to the Metropolitan Opera for a ninth consecutive season starring as Clémence in the Met premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki, as well as a return of her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. In March 2017, Ms. Phillips made her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She also appeared as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman.

Highlights of Ms. Phillips’ previous opera seasons include numerous additional Metropolitan Opera appearances as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in what the New York Times called a “breakthrough night,” Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Julie Taymor’s production of The Magic Flute, Musetta in La Bohème (both in New York and on tour in Japan), Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and as a featured artist in the Met’s Summer Recital Series in both Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park. She also appeared at Carnegie Hall for a special concert performance as Stella in Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Reneé Fleming – a role she went on to perform, to rave reviews, at Lyric Opera of Chicago and as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony.

2016-2017 orchestra engagements included a return to the San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting a program of American songs, Mozart’s “Exsultate Jubilate” and his Mass in C Minor with Jane Glover and the Music of the Baroque, the Britten War Requiem with Kent Tritle and the Oratorio Society of New York, as well as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Phillips also performed recitals at the Celebrity Series of Boston, the National Museum for Women in the Arts, and her popular dual recital program with Eric Owens at Carnegie Hall and the Washington Performing Arts.

Additional engagements included Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony, the Filas Requiem with Kent Tritle leading the Oratorio Society of New York, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the St. Louis Symphony and David Robertson, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with David Robertson leading the Sydney Symphony, as well as a recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Brian Zeger.

Highly in demand by the world’s most prestigious orchestras, Ms. Phillips has appeared with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Santa Fe Concert Association.

In August 2011, Ms. Phillips was featured at the opening night of the Mostly Mozart Festival, which aired live on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS. The same year saw the release of Paysages, her first solo album on Bridge Records, which was hailed as “sumptuous and elegantly sung” (San Francisco Chronicle). The following year saw her European debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, over 400 people traveled from her hometown to New York City in December 2008 for Ms. Phillips’ Metropolitan Opera debut in La Bohème. She returns frequently to her native state for recitals and orchestral appearances.

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Gretna Music at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse 200 Pennsylvania Avenue
Mount Gretna, PA 17064
United States
(717) 361-1508