VERDI “O don fatale” from Don Carlo
TCHAIKOVSKY “Prasti tye vi” from Jeanne d’Arc
WAGNER “So ist es denn aus” from Die Walküre
VERDI “Stride la vampa…Condotta ell`era ceppi” from Il Trovatore
VERDI “Prison Scene” from Il Trovatore
WAGNER Excerpts from Tristan & Isolde
MAHLER Symphony No.2 in C minor “Resurrection”
Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips is particularly in demand in the repertoire of Wagner, Verdi, Beethoven, and Mahler. She has performed most of the mezzo roles in the Ring cycle, returning to the Metropolitan Opera as Schwertleite in Die Walküre, in which she also covered the role of Fricka. She has sung Fricka and Waltraute in Die Walküre and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung at Canadian Opera; Erda in the Scottish Opera’s Ring, and Wellgunde and Rossweise in Seattle Opera’s Ring cycles, and made an acclaimed role debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde for Dallas Opera.
Ms. Phillips made her Met debut in La Forza del Destino, and her San Francisco Opera debut in Rigoletto. Of her performances of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo, a role she has sung for Austin, Canadian, Sarasota and Vancouver Operas, Vancouver Sun said “she deserves an opera best supporting actress Oscar: vocally confident and theatrically practiced, she is a singer/actress of power and stature.” She has also been acclaimed as Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Seattle Opera and Arizona. Of her Amneris in Aida, one reviewer wrote, “in this difficult role requiring agility, a wide vocal range and emotional strength, Phillips poured her heart and voice into it.” In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Phillips made her role debuts as Jezibaba in Dvorak’s Rusalka for Metropolitan Opera and Herodias in Strauss’ Salome for Edmonton Opera. In 2015 Ms. Phillips adds the role of Gertrude in Thomas’ Hamlet to her repertoire, for Opera Birmingham.
Concert performances include Mulier Samaritana in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the New York Philharmonic/Maazel, and Symphony No. 2 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony (a performance which was also recorded). She has also sung Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra/Levine, Philadelphia Orchestra/Dutoit, Utah Symphony and Opera, the National Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Handel & Haydn Society. Having recorded it with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/McGegan, Ms. Phillips will reprise the work in early 2015 with McGegan and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She has sung Saint-Saens’ Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at both Carnegie Hall and with the Nashville Symphony.