Berlin-based Canadian soprano Rachel Fenlon's professional credits include the opera roles of Pamina, Zerlina, Nannetta, and Mabel; recitals from German Lied to Messiaen and Birtwistle; and as a soloist in oratorios of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, and Mahler 4 with various orchestras. Also a pianist, Rachel enjoys performing lied from the piano and accompanying herself; this season Rachel hosted "Fenlon and Fenlon" Schubertiades in Berlin, Milan, Frankfurt, Toronto and Vienna. She continues to study composition and participate in residencies as a composer; in June Rachel premiered new songs for the Lunenburg Festival in Nova Scotia. Rachel is the co-founder of Ricasoli Recitals, a chamber music series in Milan. Next, Rachel performs Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera in May.
Selected roles include Sidonie (Armide) for Woodhouse Opera; Minerva (Ilritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) for the RNCM; Diane (Actéon) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas), botH for the Dartington International Summer School. Sarah is a regular collaborator with devising company Born Mad,and is the proudwinner of the 2013 AESS Patricia Routledge Award for English Song. Most recently, she appeared with the Opera Holland Park Chorus, and is looking forward to returning for their 2017 season. Sarah lives and works from Northwest London, and studies privately with Yvonne Kenny.
Louise Kemeny (soprano)
Rachel was born in Windsor and currently lives in Paris. She read music at Queen's College, Oxford as a choral scholar and later studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. She has a varied career ranging from groups specialising in Early Music to Contemporary and has participated in many recordings and broadcasts for the radio and TV, including the BBC Proms. Her main love is song repertoire.
Mezzo-soprano Carola Emrich-Fisher has been praised for her concert and operatic performances in the UK, US and Germany. She recently made her London debut as Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie) with Linden Baroque. She was a frequent soloist with Cantata Singers and other groups in Boston, MA. Carola’s discography contains Newport Baroque’s Dido and Aeneas, and Cantata Singers' Divining the Incandescent.
Dorset born and bred Jon Valender has sung roles for ETO, Scottish Opera, Bangkok Opera and the Ryedale, Luxembourg and Bermuda Festivals. A regular recitalist he has performed Dichterliebe, Krämerspiegel, Schwanengesang, Wesendonk Lieder and Britten's first Canticle as well as the premier of Andrew Downes' Finished Fields and the UK premier of Novak's Melancholie.
Welsh tenor Ben Smith is currently studying a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music. He recently performed Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace for HRH Prince of Wales with John Wilson and will rejoin him for a concert performance of Yeomen of the Guard at Birmingham's Symphony Hall in March. Ben studies with Marie McLoughlin and is grateful to Sir Peter and Lady Walters for their continued support.
Described as a “superb partner,” pianist Mark Bilyeu holds degrees from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the University of Minnesota, studying with Timothy Lovelace and Mary Sauer. Additional studies with Susan Manoff and Roger Vignoles. He is currently a Visiting Artist in Vocal Coaching & Collaborative Piano at the University of Northern Iowa, and is the Artistic Director of the Source Song Festival.
Winner of the accompanist prize at the Royal Overseas League competition and Maureen Leanne Vocal Competition, Chad Vindin performs extensively throughout the UK as an accompanist and chamber musician. He was awarded the position of Lord & Lady Lurgan Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music for two years.
Edward is a young British pianist, active as a soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist. Recent highlights include a performance of Winterreise under the guidance of Graham Johnson at GSMD. Forthcoming performances include a concert at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Schumann's Piano Concerto in London.