A native of Victoria, Rachel made an exciting hometown debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as Nannetta in the 2013 production of Verdi's Falstaff. She returns in 2014 for the role of Guenevere in Camelot in Concert
Rachel Fenlon is quickly establishing herself as a rising young soprano on the operatic stage. Ms. Fenlon made her professional debut as Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance” at Vancouver Opera in 2012, to great critical acclaim. She returned to Vancouver Opera that same season to step in as Pamina in The Magic Flute.
The 2013-14 season saw a return to Vancouver Opera, for Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Handel's Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the soprano soloist in Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds' Passion and Resurrection with Chor Leoni and the Borealis String Quartet, and a solo song recital at Vancouver Opera in the spring.
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 Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with 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.
Also an active recitalist and oratorio soloist, Ms. Fenlon has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Northern Czech Philharmonic, Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Westben Arts Festival, Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Her concert repertoire includes Bach's Magnificat and Cantata No. 51, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mass in C, Brahms' Requiem, Dvořák's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah.
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
A young artist whose vocal skills should take her anywhere she wants to go. From a slight frame, she produces beauty and controlled power, with a fine acting ability.
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