Mary Phillips

Undergraduate Discipline

Music

MM, Yale School of Music. BA (Theater Arts), BA (Music Performance), Rhode Island College. A mezzo-soprano, Phillips recently performed Rossweisse with the Boston Symphony in Wagner's Die Walküre, a role she sang this past season at The Metropolitan Opera. She made her debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera as Preziosilla in Verdi's La Forza del Destino and has been with the Met for 15 seasons, performing Mrs. Alexander in Glass' Satyagraha, Jezibaba in Rusalka, and various Valkyries in Wagner‘s Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle). Also in The Ring Cycle, she has performed Erda with Scottish Opera; Fricka and Waltraute with Canadian Opera; and Wellgunde and Rossweisse with Seattle Opera. In 2017, she worked on four different Met predictions: Adès’ Exterminating Angel; Wagner’s Parsifal; Strauss’ Elektra, and Massenet’s Cendrillon. Other operatic appearances include Larina in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Spoleto Festival, USA; Bragaene in Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde with Winnipeg Symphony and Dallas Opera; Third Maid in Strauss’s Elektra with Boston Symphony Orchestra; and her acclaimed Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlo for Vancouver Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera, and Sarasota Opera. Other Verdi roles include Azucena in Il Trovatore and Amneris in Aida. Concert highlights include Handel’s Messiah with Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Italy, New Jersey Symphony and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with New York Philharmonic; and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Atlanta Symphony (recorded for Telarc), Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Phillips has been alto soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 many times, including Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, and Handel and Haydn Society in recital. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Marilyn Horn Foundation, and Anchorage Concert Association, to name a few. Recently, she and her sister, soprano Lori Phillips, performed a Russian duet recital with Russian Chamber Arts Society in Washington, DC, and American composers duet recital at Rhode Island College Recital Series. SLC, 2019–