Rachel Fenlon makes her debut as Nannetta in Pacific Opera Victoria's 2013 production of Verdi's Falstaff.
Rachel grew up in Victoria and is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia, where she received her Master’s degree in opera performance, with additional training from Vancouver Opera’s Young Artist Coaching Intensive, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI), the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the European Music Academy in the Czech Republic. She is an alumna of Vancouver Opera's 2012 Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program.
Recent operatic performances include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Vancouver Opera, UBC, the European Music Academy, and the Westben Arts Festival; Adina in L'elisir d'amore (COSI); and Mimi in La bohème with Opera and Arias at Bard on the Beach.
Ms. Fenlon has been featured as a soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Czech Philharmonic, the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and City Opera Vancouver. Her solo Oratorio credits include Handel’s Messiah, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, and Beethoven’s Mass in C, as well as a concert performance of Lisa in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her debut as Nannetta, Rachel's 2013-14 season includes Handel's Messiah with the Vancouver Symphony and Vancouver Bach Choir and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera.
Mabel, soprano Rachel Fenlon is a classic ingenue, trilling into the vocal stratosphere on demand, demure and ruthless by turns
Vancouver Sun, review of Vancouver Opera's The Pirates of Penzance, 2012
Fenlon trills like a bird, virtuosically yet hilariously, through her first-act coloratura sendup
Georgia Straight, review of Vancouver Opera's The Pirates of Penzance, 2012
Her voice is warm and lovely, and she possesses a natural acting ability that by turns rendered her demure, flirtatious and reflective. To say she charmed the audience would be an understatement. She has the makings of a major star. What distinguishes her is her ability to project without strain, and she did so with a great sense of controlled dynamics that perfectly suited her material.
Brian Miller, Vivoscene, 2012