anadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon proves that innovation and tradition do not have to be in conflict. Rachel performs recitals as soprano and pianist, accompanying herself, at concert halls and festivals internationally. Valued for her dazzling, flexible soprano, her curiosity and courage to experiment, Rachel performs programmes from Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, and Olivier Messiaen, to contemporary composers such as George Crumb, Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina, Samy Moussa and Nicole Lizee. Works written especially for her form an increasing part of her repertoire, including original song cycles by Matthias McIntire, Susanne Stelzenbach, Gavin Franser, and Danika Lorèn.
Rachel has performed self-accompanied recitals at festivals such as Festival de Lanaudière, the Oxford Lieder Festival, PODIUM Festival Matadepera, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Kammermusik Festival Ahrenshoop, Bristol Song Recitals, GEDOK Festival Berlin, the Vancouver Opera Festival, and at venues such as the National SAW Gallery, the Late Night Liederabend Vienna, the Fox Cabaret, Oper Leipzig, the National Arts Centre Canada, Against the Grain Toronto, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC Studios Vancouver), the Baumann Centre at Pacific Opera Victoria, and the Theater am Delphi Berlin.
In 2021-22, Rachel performs recitals at Settimane Musicali di Ascona, GEDOK Festival Berlin, Ottawa Chamberfest, Rittersaal Schlosss Tettnang, IDAGIO Global Concert Hall, Vancouver Opera, Virtuosi Festival Brazil, Randspiele Berlin, an artist residency at the Banff Centre, soprano soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of the song cycle for self-accompanied soprano, piano and live electronics Sing Nature Alive From My Insides,
commissioned and produced by New ART New MEDIA.
Having begun her career at Vancouver Opera as a young artist, Rachel continues to appear on the opera stage, and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Heart Chamber
), Vancouver Opera (Susanna: The Marriage of Figaro
, Pamina: The Magic Flute
, Zerlina: Don Giovanni
, Mabel: The Pirates of Penzance
), Oper Leipzig (La Donna e Cinema
), and Pacific Opera Victoria (Guinevere: Camelot
, Nannetta: Falstaff
Rachel is a founding member of the new Berlin-based artist collective Crown The Muse
, together with co-founder Mireille Lebel. Upcoming projects include a two woman opera staged by Bruno Ravella. This project is fully funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Rachel is also a member of the Canadian Artist Collective New ART New MEDIA
, and the founding host of “Classical (R)evolution”, an interview series on IDAGIO, currently in its second season.
Rachel lives in Berlin with her cactus Allen Ginsberg and writes poetry when the muses call. www.rachelfenlon.com