Evans Mirageas sits down with soprano Susanna Phillips, who sung the role of Countess Almaviva in Cincinnati Opera’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Evans and Susanna discuss her distinct voice, how one begins a career, the fulfillment of motherhood and balancing life with career, and how to be yourself. Susanna’s piece of advice? “Do you. Don’t try to be anyone else.”
Jessye Norman is an American opera singer and recitalist.
Susanna is from Huntsville, Alabama where she attended Randolph School. She received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. After completing her master's degree in 2004, she became a member of Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program for Singers.
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