Summer Poetry

4 August, 2021

Église de Saint-Paul-de-Joliette


For her Lanaudière debut, soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon offers an unusually shaped recital in keeping with her extraordinary talent. She performs a collection of self-accompanied, exquisite art songs interspersed with some of Grieg’s most beautiful lyrical works. A journey from nostalgia to rebirth, from beauty to serenity.

Rachel Fenlon

Raised on the west coast of Canada, Rachel Fenlon is a soprano and pianist who performs song recitals accompanying herself on the piano, drawing from a more singer-songwriter approach, instead of the current classical music performance tradition. She has toured Europe, Canada, and the US with solo recitals, in repertoire from Schubert, Schumann and Debussy, to Olivier Messiaen, George Crumb, Philip Glass, and numerous world premieres. Rachel is dedicated to creating and commissioning new music, and actively has several collaborations with composers for new song cycles for her to perform as self-accompanied singer. Rachel has appeared at festivals and venues such as the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Bristol Song Recitals, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC Studios), Fox Cabaret, Oper Leipzig, Vancouver Opera, and the Baumann centre at Pacific Opera Victoria.

Rachel is the founding host of a series titled “Classical (R)evolution” on IDAGIO, in which she interviews weekly guests and discusses what rule breaking and pushing boundaries mean for Classical music, and for musicians today. She has interviewed guests such as Marc-André Hamelin, Barbara Hannigan, Alexander Neef, Avi Avital, Francesco Piemontesi, Gerald Finley, and Nico Muhly, amongst many others.

Rachel Fenlon began her professional career at Vancouver Opera as a young artist and went on to perform numerous leading roles with the company: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), and most recently, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro). Other leading roles, performed at Pacific Opera Victoria and elsewhere, include Nannetta (Falstaff), Queen Guinevere (Camelot), Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns), and Mimi (La Boheme).