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Lori returns to The Metropolitan Opera roster covering Marie in Wozzeck in March, 2014.
Published: March 1, 2014

Metropolitan Opera

 


Lori continues to make her mark as one of the most distinctive Wagnarian sopranos to emerge in recent years in Der fliegender Holländer with Arizona Opera.

"Dramatic soprano Lori Phillips made her Met début with Senta in 2010. Vocally, she rides the orchestra with no hint of strain, and tones it all down, with lyrical and well-controlled pianissimos when required. As an experienced Wagnerian, she brings commanding presence and the most persuasive sense of line in her "Ballad." Phillips creditably portrays the impassioned fulfillment of the young woman's dream and the shedding of her useless existence. Her Senta is introspective, neurotic, and powerful without sacrificing femininity."
- Christian Dalzon - Concertonet.com, November, 2013

"A powerful Senta, Lori Phillips' bright sound energized the text and made her rendition exciting. She is just beginning to emerge as a true dramatic soprano but she is already singing with a distinctively colored sound. It has been many years since a soprano brought as much exhilaration to this role as Phillips did on Saturday night."
- Maria Nockin - Opera Today, November 19, 2013
Published: December 7, 2013

Arizona Opera

 


Lori returns to Arizona Opera as Senta in Der fliegender Holländer on November 15, 16 & 17 in Phoenix and on November 23 & 24, 2013 in Tuscon.
Published: April 11, 2013

Arizona Opera

 


Lori sings Senta in Der fliegender Holländer with Michigan Opera Theater at the Detroit Opera House on October 19, 23 & 26 , 2013.
Published: November 19, 2013

Stellar Reviews:

"Soprano Lori Phillips, as Senta, ...debuted with a bang....she's the real deal: a Wagnerian soprano with herculean lungs who also knows how to project subtlety when it's needed, as she did in her second act Ballad."
- George Bulanda - Detroit News, Oct. 20, 2013

"Playing Senta is American Soprano Lori Phillips. Her beautifully robust, colorful voice is well matched with Gazheli's (Thomas Gazheli, who sang the Dutchman)."
- Patty Nolan - Detroit Theater Examiner, Oct. 20, 2013

"The Flying Dutchman is a vocally challenging opera-although soprano Lori Phillips, who plays Senta, made it seem like a walk in the park on opening night…Phillips' dramatic vibrato and incredible range are the ear candy of the second and third acts".
- Samantha White - Detroit Morning Sun

"Lori Phillips as Senta ...offered plenty of gutsy power..."
- Mark Stryker - Detroit Free Press, Oct. 20, 2013
Published: November 19, 2013

Michigan Opera Theater

 


Lori powerfully portrays Brünnhilde once again in Minnesota Concert Opera's Mini-Ring

"As Brünnhilde, Lori Phillips had a soprano that soared easily through the heights of the role. She successfully conveyed the character's transition from goddess to woman, and her rage at being betrayed by Siegfried was a dramatic highlight."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune - September 14, 2013

"Lori Phillips recently garnered raves in Seattle Opera's RING while filling in for Brünnhilde and proved why here, her spine-tingling voice imbued with power and subtlety.";
- Pioneer Press - September 14, 2013
Published: September 24, 2013

Minnesota Concert Opera

 


Lori continues her thrilling triumph as Brünnhilde in Seattle Opera's Götterdämmerung

"Lori Phillips, who stepped in for a still-indisposed Alwyn Mellor in the role of Brünnhilde, was in excellent voice, pouring out high notes of thrilling quality and exhibiting a graceful ease throughout her middle register. Both principals (with Stefan Vinke as Siegfried) are persuasive, savvy actors, a particularly vital element in this theatrically exciting staging by Stephen Wadsworth."
- Melinda Bargreen, Special to The Seattle Times - August 10, 2013

"Lori Phillips, sang the last two evenings of the first cycle. Her singing showed remarkable security and, especially in the immolation scene, good upper-register power.";
- Mark Mandel, Opera News - August 2013

"Lori Phillips stepped in once again, and that in turn meant that between her and tenor Stefan Vinke, this performance boasted the single best Brünnfried combo the Stephen Wadsworth production has yet witnessed. Phillips sure seems like the real deal. She's got a big, tireless voice with enough color and clarity to do more than simply ride out the assignment; she brought pathos and emotional transparency to Act 2 and her Immolations scene was a forceful and canny response to the scene's challenges." ;
- Joshua Kosma, San Francisco Chronicle - Aug. 19, 2013
Published: August 10, 2013

Seattle Opera

 


Lori celebrates backstage with the cast and artistic staff of Seattle Opera's Siegfried
Published: August 10, 2013

Seattle Opera
From the left Asher Fisch, Conductor; Stephen Wadsworth, Director; Greer Grimsley, Wotan; Richard Paul Fink, Alberich; Lori Phillips, Brünnhilde, Jay Baylon; Stefan Vinke, Siegfried; Speight Jenkins, General Director; Lucille Beer, Erda and Daniel Sumegi, Fafner

 


Critical acclaim for Lori Phillips as Brünnhilde in Seattle Opera's Siegfried

"When Seattle Opera general director Speight Jenkins stepped on to the stage just before the last act of Siegfried, the grateful audience erupted in applause. How nice! He came out for a curtain call! In their enthusiasm the listeners had forgotten that almost the only reason a general director takes the stage is to deliver bad news: In this case, the cancellation of Alwyn Mellor (as Brünnhilde), who had awakened with an allergy attack that morning and could not sing. (Jenkins later said he had waited until the last act of Siegfried, the only act in which Brünnhilde sings, for the announcement so that the audience wouldn’t be thinking about the cast change during the two preceding acts.)

As it happened, the replacement singer was Lori Phillips, a company regular who opened last season in the title role of Turandot... she did an excellent job of both singing and acting on Wednesday evening. Her voice is powerful and resonant, her stage presence unaffected and convincing."
- Melinda Bargreen, Special to The Seattle Times - August 9, 2013

"Wednesday's performance brought another equally memorable thrill, which was soprano Lori Phillips' full-throated and beautifully expressive Brünnhilde. Phillips gave a superb performance, marked by throaty, richly colored vocalism and a wonderfully focused theatrical demeanor." ;
- Joshua Kosma, San Francisco Chronicle - Aug. 9, 2013
Published: August 10, 2013

Seattle Opera

 


Lori steps in at the last minute in her role debut as Brünnhilde in Seattle Opera's August 7, 2013 performance of Siegfried and again sings Brünnhilde in the August 9th performance of Götterdämmerung! Read the story here.
Published: August 10, 2013

Brünnhilde
Lori in her dressing room as she prepares for her role debut as Brünnhilde in Siegfried.

 


Lori covers Brünnhilde in The Ring Cycle with Seattle Opera on August 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25, 2013.
Published: August 9, 2012

Seattle Opera

 


Lori returns to The Metropolitan Opera roster covering Brünnhilde in The Ring Cycle on April 13, 20, 23, 26, 29, May 2, 6, 8, 11, 2013.
Published: January 21, 2013

Metropolitan Opera

 


Lori Phillips records Milhaud's L'Orestie with the University of Michigan on April 4, 2013.
Published: August 9, 2012

 


High praise for Lori Phillips as Turandot with Seattle Opera!

"The star on opening night was Lori Phillips in the title role. Her thrilling soprano cut through the orchestral maelstrom with magisterial ease. She played the man-hating princess with steely hauteur, and she looked great, especially in her Klimt-ish gown for the closing scene."
-  Bernard Jacobson, Special to the Seattle Times - August 6, 2012
Published: August 9, 2012

 


Lori sings the title role in Turandot with Seattle Opera on August 4, 8, 11, 15, 17 & 18, 2012. Click here to read her Seattle Times interview.
Published: August 9, 2012

Seattle Opera

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Lori talks about her previous appearance with Arizona Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana.