Lori Phillips, Soprano
1995 – 1996
Upcoming performances for LORI PHILLIPS include the title roles of Aida with Hawaii Opera Theater and Turandot for Seattle Opera in 2012. Other engagements during the 2011-12 season include the role of Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) for Arizona Opera in Oct. 2011. She returns to the MET to cover Brunnhilde in Die Walkure and Siegfried, Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), and Susanna in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina.
Highlights of the 2009 – 2010 season for Ms. Phillips included her triumphant debut at the Met as Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) on May 3, 2010, when she filled in for Deborah Voigt. Ms. Phillips received a standing ovation for her performance, which was also broadcast by Sirius. Other engagements that season included Brunnhilde in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theater, and the title role in Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa and Portland Opera. Other roles covered at the Met include Giorgetta (Il Tabarro), and Gertrude (Hansel und Gretel).
During the 2008 – 2009 season, Ms. Phillips made her Washington National Opera debut as Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) and received high praise from the critics in The Washington Post. Other engagements that season included the title role in Turandot with Opera Carolina, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Opera Birmingham, Leonora (Fidelio) with Portland Opera, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Opéra de Québec, The Mother (Il Prigionero) and Signora Fabien (Volo di Notte) with the American Symphony Orchestra. In September 2008, she appeared as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Utah Symphony.
In the 2007 – 2008 season, Ms. Phillips performed Ariane (Ariane et Barbe-bleue) with Opéra National de Paris on tour in Japan, which later was recorded on Telarc with the BBC Symphony. She also performed the title role in Turandot with Atlanta Opera, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana) with Vancouver Opera, Senta (Der Fliegende Holländer) with Washington National Opera, and covered Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel for the Metropolitan Opera.
Engagements during the 2006 – 2007 season for Ms. Phillips included Turandot with the Metropolitan Opera in which she covered the title role, Lady MacBeth in Macbeth with Arizona Opera, the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos with Vancouver Opera, and Der Fliegende Holländer for Seattle Opera in which she covered the role of Senta.
Performances during the 2004 – 2005 season included the roles of Ariane (Ariane et Barbe Bleue) and the title role in Turandot, both with New York City Opera. Other 2004 – 2005 performances included Leonore (Il trovatore) for Florentine Opera, Senta (Der fliegender Holländer) for Hawaii Opera Theater, the title role of Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) for Vancouver Opera, and the title role in Turandot for Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. In the fall of 2004, Ms. Phillips returned to Opera San José to perform at the inaugural galas for the opening of the 2004 – 2005 season in the California Theatre.
Engagements during 2003 – 2004 included Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel) for Dallas Opera, Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) for Opera Memphis, Minnie (Fanciulla del West) for Utah Opera and a recording of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Nashville Symphony, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony # 9 with New West Symphony and Tosca in Providence. In the fall of 2003, Ms. Phillips sang the title role in Turandot with New York City Opera and later repeated the role with Tampa Bay Opera in 2004.
In 2000 Ms. Phillips sang Senta in Der fliegende Holländer for Sarasota Opera, Tosca with Utah Opera, Madama Butterfly for Nashville Opera and Gerhilde in Die Walküre for Dallas Opera.
1998 – 1999 saw her European debut as Elisabetta in a new production of Don Carlos for Opera North, with Tim Albery directing and Yves Abel conducting; Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Virginia Opera, Leonora (Il trovatore) for Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Patience in the world-premiere of Patience and Sarah for Lincoln Center Festival and Kostelnicka in Jenûfa for Sarasota Opera. Ms. Philips also sang Mimì (La bohème) with Toledo Opera; Elvira (Ernani) with Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler; the Governess (Turn of the Screw) for Utah Opera, and Madama Butterfly for Tulsa Opera.
Following her departure from Opera San José, Ms. Phillips appeared as Amelia in Seattle Opera’s production of Un ballo in maschera. She also made her debut in the title role of Turandot with Opera Memphis and Nashville Opera. Other appearances included the role of Gerhilde in Seattle Opera’s new ring cycle and Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello for Nashville Opera.
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