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Lori Phillips - Turandot
Previously at Portland Opera: Fidelio, 2008
Renowned American soprano Lori Phillips remains one of the most innovative and expressive voices in the opera industry. In April 2008, she made her Washington National Opera debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer. The Washington Post said, “...at the Kennedy Center, American soprano Lori Phillips took the part of Senta...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.”
In the 2008-2009 Season, she performs Leonora in Fidelio with Portland Opera; the title role in Turandot with Opera Birmingham, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and Opera Carolina; Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opéra de Québec; and The Mother in Il Prigionero and Signora Fabien in Volo di Notte with the American Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2009-2010 Season and beyond, she makes her debut as Brunnhilde in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theater; performs Turandot with Opera Lyra Ottawa; and returns to the MET covering Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, Gertrude in Hansel und Gretel and Senta in Der fliegende Holländer.
In the recent 2007-2008 Season, Ms. Phillips 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 the Washington National Opera; and covered Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel 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 Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with the Seattle Opera; as well as covering Georgetta in Il Tabarro and the title role in Turandot with the Metropolitan Opera. Additional noted engagements from recent seasons include a return to New York City Opera in the title roles of Turandot and Madama Butterfly; 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; and Leonora in Il Trovatore in her debut with Florentine Opera.
The award-winning soprano’s concert and recording career has expanded in 2007 with the release of Ariane et Barbe-bleue on Telarc with Mo. Leon Botstein and the BBC Symphony, for which she has received critical acclaim worldwide. Opera News said, “Aside from the brilliant orchestra, the other pillar here is the long, demanding part of Ariane, who must be both flexible and forceful. Soprano Lori Phillips masters the contradictory traits of this verbose heroine and shapes the irregular lines with idiomatic expressiveness.” 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. An advocate of new music, Ms. Phillips has frequently collaborated with New York City's American Opera Projects, and create the role of Patience in the world premiere of Kimper/Persons’ opera Patience and Sarah, which won a GLAMA Award.