February 07, 2017

Soprano Susanna Phillips Returns to Chicago

The Festival is excited to feature guest soloist Susanna Phillips in Aaron Copland's Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson. This piece will be part of the program featuring Beethoven's Fourth Symphony on Wednesday, June 21.

"I am looking forward to coming back to Chicago to sing the Emily Dickinson songs at Grant Park this summer," Phillips remarks. "I love outdoor festivals that are free to the public because they are all-inclusive! Everyone can come and have a great evening of music together on a beautiful evening. Copland's setting of Emily Dickinson's poetry is an all-American experience, musically and poetically. It's perfect for a summer evening with its wistful open chords and characterful orchestration."

Though Phillips is currently performing with the Metropolitan Opera and is preparing for her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, she is no stranger to Chicago. A graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center, she recently performed Mozart's glorious motet Exsultate, jubilate with the Music of the Baroque.

Phillips is performing with 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 returning for her acclaimed role as Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. The Alabama-born soprano is a recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award.

Don't miss Susanna Phillips' performance with the Grant Park Orchestra on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 PM. Reserve your seat for all your favorite concerts with a Choose Your Own 4- or 8-concert membership today!