NMWA Presents Soprano Susanna Phillips
Apr 27 2017
WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents a lineup of acclaimed performers as part of the annual Shenson Chamber Music Concerts under the artistic direction of Gilan Tocco Corn. Through these concerts, the museum carries out its mission of recognizing and supporting women in all areas of the arts. Women musicians performing in the museum’s free concert series have been impressing audiences for 19 years. The series was named in honor of Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson, who were longtime supporters of the museum and lovers of music.
Join NMWA in welcoming celebrated metropolitan opera star and radiant American lyric soprano Susanna Phillips accompanied by pianist Myra Huang on Wednesday, May 24, 7:30–9:30 p.m., for “The Woman’s Experience,” which includes the Washington, D.C., premiere of William Harvey’s Speaking for the Afghan Woman. Phillips’ program will also feature Robert Alexander Schumann’s song cycle Frauenliebe und -leben (A Woman's Love and Life), Hugo Wolf’s Mignon Leider by Goethe and Libby Larson’s Try Me, Good King, a group of five songs drawn from the final letters and gallows speeches of Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.
Alabama-born Phillips, recipient of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. The 2016–17 season will see Phillips return to 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 return of her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. In March 2017, Phillips will make her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She also appears as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman.