Renowned American soprano Lori Phillips remains one of the most innovative and expressive voices in the opera industry. The magnitude and impact she applies to definitive title roles in Turandot, Ariadne and Madama Butterfly, as well as Minnie in La Fanciulla del West and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera keeps her in constant demand.
In April 2008, she made her Washington National Opera debut as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with Washington National Opera. The Washington Post said, “Wednesday evening at the Kennedy Center, American soprano Lori Phillips took the part of Senta in the Washington National Opera's ongoing Dutchman production, and sang the aria superbly…Phillips made ‘Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff’ (‘Have You Seen the Ship’) a heartfelt display. The vocal line leapt and contracted, now immersed in broad orchestral washes, now hushed and forlorn. Phillips -- recently earning more parts on elite stages -- skillfully applied color and detail; through a purposeful fragility, she unmasks Senta's devotion that eventually culminates in a mandatory Wagnerian love-death. If her sound took on some hardness, it pointed to a well-powered and accurate instrument.”
In the 2008-2009 Season, she performs Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Utah Symphony and Opera, Leonora in Fidelio with Portland Opera, the title role in Turandot with Opera Birmingham, Opera Carolina, and the Chattanooga Symphony, and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Opéra de Québec. In the 2007-2008 Season, she performed Ariane in Ariane et Barbe-bleue with Opéra National de Paris (Bastille) on tour in Japan, the title role in Turandot with Atlanta Opera; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Vancouver Opera, Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with Washington National Opera, and Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel (cover) with the Metropolitan Opera.
In the 2006-2007 season, she performed Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Arizona Opera, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with Vancouver Opera, the title role in the world premiere of Jun Kaneko’s production of Madama Butterfly for Opera Omaha, covered as Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Seattle Opera, and Georgetta in Il Tabarro and the title role in Turandot with the Metropolitan Opera. Additional noted engagements from recent seasons include the title role in Ariane et Barbe-bleue with L’Opera de Nice, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West with Utah Opera, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera for Opera Memphis, Seattle Opera and Vancouver Opera, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel for Dallas Opera, Gerhilde in Seattle Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Leonore in Fidelio and the title role in Tosca (covers) with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Leonora in Il Trovatore in her debut with Florentine Opera, as well as a return to New York City Opera as the title role in Madama Butterfly.
The award winning sopranos’ concert and recording career has expanded this year with the release of her Ariane et Barbe-bleue recording on Telarc with Mo. Leon Botstein and the BBC Symphony, for which she has received critical acclaim worldwide. She has also recorded Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for Naxos under the musical direction of Mo. Kenneth Schermerhorn.
Ms. Phillips has been heard in concert as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka with the Fort Worth Symphony and sings a vast array of symphonic repertoire, from Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, to Brahms' Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in c minor, and Poulenc's Gloria, among others. A advocate of new music, Ms. Phillips has collaborated with New York City's American Opera Projects many times, including creating the role of Patience in the world premiere of Kimper/Persons’ opera Patience and Sarah and won a GLAMA Award for her recording of selections from this ground breaking opera.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Love Notes (2007–2008)