“I have never heard a more involved and involving performance of the long accompanied recitative before Or sai chi l’onore than that given by Susanna Phillips Wednesday night. Many sopranos scramble through it to get to their big aria; Phillips understood that it is key to Donna Anna’s opera seria gravity and sang it accordingly, with passion and imagination…She had real chemistry with Castronovo’s Don Ottavio and for once played Donna Anna as a woman violated and sincere in her quest for revenge.” — The Classical Review
“Donna Anna is difficult to make three-dimensional, but Susanna Philips did her best last night. The Southern belle sang with a bright, silver tone that hovered above the stave and took flight in “Or sai chi l’onore.” This famous aria was delivered with firm, ringing notes that bloomed and swelled into the house. Better yet, it was acted. She was also impressive in “Non mi dir.”, finding the character’s heart beneath the ice.” — Superconductor
Listen to Susanna Phillips on her new Delos recording Colors of Feelings!