Stage Director

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 Director of Opera at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where she has directed Die Zauberflöte,The Turn of the Screw and Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi along with Cendrillon and Little Women. 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, La Cenerentola and Don Giovanni while she continues to program innovative recitals and pops concerts each festival season.

Most recently, Ms. Lamb debuted with Finger Lakes Opera directing a production of La Traviata and made her company debut with Opera Santa Barbara directing a double-bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. She returned to Palm Beach Opera for her fourth season to direct a “delightful, energetic” Don Pasquale. Ms. Lamb also made her debut at Dayton Opera directing The Pearl Fishers, joined Mobile Opera for Werther with Gran Wilson in the title role and returned to Arizona Opera as stage director for a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto.

In recent seasons, Ms. Lamb directed the young artists of the Crested Butte Music Festival in a production of Don Pasquale and directed a new production of Hansel and Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theatre that was hailed as “fresh and alluring from curtain to curtain.” For Palm Beach Opera’s 2013 International season she directed a “fizzing and delightful” Il Barbiere di Siviglia “displaying theatrical ingenuity and artistic taste.”. Ms. Lamb 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, made her directorial debut at Arizona Opera for Lucia di Lammermoor and made her company debut with Orlando Philharmonic directing Le nozze di Figaro.

Upcoming, Ms. Lamb directs the oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn (Stephen Paulus) with the Lexington Philharmonic. In 2017, she and her artistic partner, Jeff Ridenour, create a unique production of The Juliet Letters with the Resident Artists of Lyric Opera Kansas City. Fenlon joins the production team as director for the world premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera and leads Dayton Opera’s Carmen.