American mezzo-soprano Fenlon Lamb consistently garners critical acclaim for her “dynamic, rich vocal sound” and “polished acting abilities.” As a “deliciously vulnerable” Dorabella COSÌ FAN TUTTE at Opera Santa Barbara, Fenlon was praised for a “charismatic characterization [both] flirtatious and impulsive.” For her role debut of Rosina BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA with Sacramento Opera, the critic raved: “…every inch the saucy rebel [who] navigated the highly ornamented passages with creamy ease.” The Baltimore Sun applauded her AGRIPPINA: “In the title role, Fenlon Lamb revealed a bright, flexible voice, ever-brilliant phrasing and theatrical flourish“
This season Fenlon sang Meg Page FALSTAFF and Zerlina DON GIOVANNI with Opera Cleveland. She recently sang her first Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Canton Symphony and returned to Bar Harbor Music Festival as stage director of Elixir of Love and Director of Vocal Programs. Fenlon rejoins Singers Beyond Borders on tour singing benefit concerts in the cities of Xi’an, Shanghai, Chengdu and Singapore.
Last season Fenlon made her Seattle Opera debut as Enrichetta I PURITANI as well as her company and role debut with Berkshire Opera singing Marcellina LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Recently, Fenlon returned to Sacramento Opera for Mrs. Grose TURN of the SCREW and appeared at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in the title role of CARMEN. As a soloist with Singers Beyond Borders she was featured in concerts throughout Asia including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore. Fenlon portrayed the title role of CARMEN for both the Mississippi and Granite State Opera companies. Other recent engagements include Maddalena RIGOLETTO with Opera Vivente, Flora LA TRAVIATA at Opera Grand Rapids, and Stephano ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for Opera Cleveland. The Akron Beacon Journal said of this pants role portrayal: “Fenlon Lamb stood out with her resonant tone and excellent French.”
Fenlon debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra as Angelina LA CENERENTOLA. Many highly praised performances followed. In the title role of IOLANTHE for Cleveland Opera she sang with “fetching dignity and vocal allure,” while she brought “dry wit and knowing understatement” to Ilona SHE LOVES ME with Lyric Opera Cleveland. She also sang the Wife “abounding with sympathy” for the world premier COME TO ME IN DREAMS with baritone Sanford Sylvan. She has sung Beggar Woman SWEENEY TODD for both the Toledo and Cleveland Opera Companies. Opera News took notice, saying: “Fenlon Lamb was a moving and convincing Beggar Woman.”
Concert appearances have included BEETHOVEN MASS IN C with Hartford Symphony and BEETHOVEN 9th SYMPHONY with both the Toledo and Akron Symphonies. Additionally, Fenlon has sung the alto solos in MOZART MASS in C MINOR for Cleveland Choral Arts, HANDEL MESSIAH with Charleston Symphony, and MOZART REQUIEM with Santa Cruz Symphony.
Fenlon received her training through several of the finest apprentice programs in the United States. At the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program she covered the Third Maid ELEKTRA and Dryade ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and as a member of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program she sang Dorabella COSÌ FAN TUTTE and Zerlina DON GIOVANNI. As a Baltimore Opera Studio Artist, she performed such roles as Larina EUGENE ONEGIN, and Countess de Coigny ANDREA CHÉNIER. Of her performance in the latter The Washington Post wrote, “Lovely mezzo, Fenlon Lamb, sang the self-centered Contessa to perfection.” Fenlon is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (MM-Opera Performance) and University of California at Santa Cruz (BA-Music) where she performed the roles of Cherubino LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Meg Page FALSTAFF, Dido DIDO AND AENEAS, Idamante IDOMENEO and Mrs. Grose TURN OF THE SCREW.