Manager: Damon Bristo
Management Territory: Worldwide
“American soprano Lori Phillips was a first-rate Senta, with a beauteous tone and clear diction.” Michael Shmith, Sydney Morning Herald - Senta with Victorian Opera
"Phillips sure seems like the real deal. She's got a big, tireless voice with enough color and clarity to do more than simply ride out the assignment; she brought pathos and emotional transparency to Act 2 and her Immolation scene was a forceful and canny response to the scene's challenges." Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle - Brünnhilde at Seattle Opera
"A powerful Senta, Lori Phillips' bright sound energized the text and made her rendition exciting. She is just beginning to emerge as a true dramatic soprano but she is already singing with a distinctively colored sound. It has been many years since a soprano brought as much exhilaration to this role as Phillips did on Saturday night." Opera Today - Senta at Arizona Opera
American dramatic soprano Lori Phillips is widely acknowledge as possessing a “full-throated and beautifully expressive” voice with “richly colored vocalism” (San Francisco Chronicle). Ms. Phillips is establishing herself as an exponent of the most difficult heroines of the dramatic soprano repertoire: Brünnhilde, Senta, Elektra, Turandot, Marie, and Minnie.
Lori Phillips recently created a sensation at Seattle Opera as Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer which was broadcast live on Sirius Radio. Ms. Phillips made . . . her debut at Opéra National du Rhin in a new production of Paul Dukas’s Ariane et Barbe-Bleue conducted by Daniele Callegari and directed by Olivier Py which was streamed worldwide. Other recent performances include Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Victorian Opera in Melbourne, Australia and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana with Amarillo Opera, as well as covering Gertrud in Hansel and Gretel at the Metropolitan Opera. She was also seen in Washington National Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen directed by Francesca Zambello in the 2015 – 2016 season.
Ms. Phillips recently made her role debut as Brünnhilde in Die Walküre with Hawaii Opera Theater and covered Marie in Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera. She also recently performed Senta in Der fliegender Holländer with Washington National Opera, Michigan Opera Theater and Arizona Opera; Aida with Hawaii Opera Theater; Turandot at the Seattle Opera, Atlanta Opera, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Portland Opera; Cavalleria Rusticana at Arizona Opera and Vancouver Opera; Maddalena in Andrea Chenier with the Nashville Opera, Giorgetta in Il tabarro and Turandot covers at the Metropolitan Opera, and Fidelio with Portland Opera. Other notable opera engagements include Minnie in La faniculla del West with Utah Opera, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth with Arizona Opera, Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos with Vancouver Opera, and the title roles of Turandot and Madama Butterfly with New York City Opera.
The award-winning soprano's concert and recording career include the release of Ariane et Barbe-bleue (Ariane) on Telarc with 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...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 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. She has sung Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Utah Symphony, as well as The Mother in Il Prigionero and Signora Fabien in Volo di Notte with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. An advocate of new music, Ms. Phillips has frequently collaborated with American Opera Projects, where she continues work on Jan Hamer's The Lost Childhood, based on the book by Yehuda Nir and where she created the role of Patience in the world premiere of the Kimper/Persons' opera Patience and Sarah at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival.
(Updated August 2016)