Lori Phillips (Senta) and Ian Storey (Erik) in The Flying Dutchman, 2008, Washington National Opera, photo by Karin Cooper
As Senta, Lori Phillips brought a cocoa-creamy voice that has more of a mezzo cast than Jennifer Wilson's. That made for a Senta that seemed less detached from the world, less removed to the stratosphere than others. It also meant a full-throated but precisely tuned upper range for surgically precise and thrilling climaxes. In the Act II Dutchman ballad, she struck the accented opening high notes of each phrase with heroic, thick tone and the fullest orchestral moments proved a surmountable challenge for her soaring voice. She may develop into a first-rate Wagnerian soprano.
Daniel Ginsberg, Senta's Soaring Moment (Washington Post, April 4)
The second and only remaining performance of The Flying Dutchman with Lori Phillips as Senta is scheduled for Monday (April 7, 7 pm).