Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon is redefining what it means to curate one's own recital.
Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon proves that innovation and tradition do not have to be in conflict. In her project Fenlon & Fenlon, she draws on the Romantic-era tradition of accompanying oneself on the piano in domestic contexts such as the salon. The trained pianist and opera singer has developed programmes that stand out from the traditional song canon while at the same time referring back to it.
Her interpretations of composers such as George Crumb, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Schönberg, and Philip Glass, as well as the repertoire of Franz Schubert and Alma Mahler, have a particular radiance. The project has been received enthusiastically at Vancouver Opera as well as festivals such as Oxford Lieder, Toronto Summer Music, and the Settimane Musicali di Ascona.
Valued for her dazzling, flexible soprano, her curiosity and courage to experiment, Rachel Fenlon is an ideal interpreter of works by contemporary composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Unsuk Chin, Samy Moussa, and Marco Stroppa. Works written specially for her form an increasing part of her repertoire, including pieces by Matthias McIntire or Danika Loren.