American mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips has garnered praise for her compelling stage presence in a wide range of repertoire. She made her international opera debut in Tenerife (Canary Islands) in concert performances of Die Walküre (Rossweise), and has repeated the role at Dallas Opera, Seattle Opera, and Metropolitan Opera. She made her debut at the Gran Teatre Del Liceu as the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos in 2003/2004.
Concert engagements include concert performances of Ernani with the Opera Orchestra of New York and Zemlinsky’sEine florentinische Trägodie at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra.
She made her debut at the Gottingen Handel Festival as Irene in Atalanta, a role she repeated with Philharmonia Baroque in 2005. Phillips made her New York Philharmonic debut in the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Four Seasons and Aaron Jay Kernis’s Garden of Light under Kurt Masur. Other concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic; a Dallas Symphony debut in Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem; her Pittsburgh Symphony debut in Tchaikovsky’sOphelia Songs; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Graf at Tanglewood.
Phillips holds degrees in music and theater from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in music from Yale University. She is a recipient of the Kennedy Center National Acting Award and was the Eastern Regional Winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She was an apprentice in the Santa Fe Opera and has performed at the Marlboro Festival and the Ravinia Steans Institute for Young Artists.