Opera News called Fenlon Lamb “moving and convincing” and Seen and Heard International complemented her “well-honed theatrical sensibility.” Ms. Lamb brings these qualities of experience and perspective as an outstanding singing actress to her work as a stage director.
Ms. Lamb is the new Director of Opera at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where she will direct Die Zauberflöte and The Turn of the Screw this season. Currently, she is also the Director of Opera and Vocal Programming at Bar Harbor Music Festival. She has designed and directed engaging productions of Carmen, L’Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème and La Cenerentola while she continues to program innovative recitals and pops concerts each festival season.
Most recently, Ms. Lamb directed Don Pasquale for the Crested Butte Music Festival. She returned to UMKC for a production of Little Women and made her debut at Dayton Opera directing The Pearl Fishers. Ms. Lamb directed La Bohème at Palm Beach Opera and joined Mobile Opera for Werther with Gran Wilson in the title role. She returned to Arizona Opera as stage director for a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto.
In recent seasons, Ms. Lamb directed a new production of Hansel and Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theatre that was hailed as “fresh and alluring from curtain to curtain,” and a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia “displaying theatrical ingenuity and artistic taste” for Palm Beach Opera‘s 2014 International Season. She also directed Our Town and Alcina with the young artists of that company to critical acclaim. She returned to Opera Carolina as Stage Director for Der Fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in a production lauded for its “intriguing visuals, startling set contexts and projections…balancing operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique.” Ms. Lamb directed Cendrillon at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, a production that was called “splendid” and “the most spectacular visual production.” She directed a new production of Werther with Nightingale Opera Theatre. Ms. Lamb made her directorial debut at Arizona Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor and made her company debut with Orlando Philharmonic directing Le nozze di Figaro.
As the Director of Opera at Kent State University, she created an acting and performance curriculum to train young singers with full productions of Dido and Aeneas, The Telephone, Trial by Jury and Handel’s Semele. During her tenure as Resident Director for Cleveland Opera on Tour, Ms. Lamb created and directed condensed productions of Tosca, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, Barber of Seville, Carmen and Turandot which toured throughout Northeast Ohio. She has also directed scenes for Cleveland Orchestra children’s concerts Celebrating Mozart.
Upcoming, Ms. Lamb directs Don Pasquale in her fourth season with the Palm Beach Opera and The Turn of the Screw at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, as well as a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica with Opera Santa Barbara. She joins the production team as director for the 2017 world premier of Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera.