• Frances Fenton

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Recent and Upcoming Engagements

December, 2016 M.D. Anderson Benefit Concert,  Featured Artist  
November, 2016 Joint Voice Recital with Seong Shin Ra, Soprano
Jim Vukovich, Yoojin Lee, Collaborative Pianists
Houston, TX
April, 2016 The Music of Roger Keele - Roger Keele, Piano Houston, TX
November, 2015 HCC System - Faculty Recital - Verdi Arias Stafford, TX
September, 2015 World Premiere - Seara Treista,  Song Cycle with Trio Oriens
Joseph LoCascio, Composer
Houston, TX
March, 2015 Vocal Arts Series - Glück & Strauss Arias Houston, TX
November, 2014 Vocal Arts Series - Opening Performance
Beethoven’s Folk Songs with  Mango Moon Piano Trio
Houston, TX
  Featured Performer, Texoma NATS Regional Conference Denton, TX
  100th Artist Concert, Artis and Artistic Director - Houston Tuesday Musical Club Houston, TX
  Die Winterreise - Film to be Released 2017  

 

Representative Live/Televised Engagements

Strauss, Wagner and Gluck Arias and Ensembles The Woodlands, TX
Old World Operatic Portraits Pearl Fincher Museum, Spring TX
Frances Fenton in Recital - “Lyric America” Dowling Music (Houston & NYC - 2014)
Houston Museum of Fine Arts TX
Pearl Fincher Museum Gala - Americana Spring, TX
World Premiere - Six Seasonal Songs by Roger Keele Live/KUHF/Houston
Cultural Ambassador - U.S. State Department
Turkish State Department
David Ezra Okonsar, Piano
Bavaria, Germany
Live/ Süddeutsche Rundfunk
McNeese State University Guest Artist
U.S.- China Friendship Association Gala Concert
Lake Charles, LA
Celestine, Die Operette mit Schlag Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival
Die Winterreise - William Vendice, Piano Orange County, CA
Die Winterreise - Roger Keele, Piano Filmed Live/US
Suor Angelica, Suor Angelica
Lucy  C. Hargi, Conductors
Houston Performing Arts Center
SAI: An American Musicale,  American Arias Live, KUHF
“The Ladies Wrote, Too” - European Women Composers Frankfurt, Germany
“(Relatively) Unknown Verdi Arias”  - Frances Fenton, Soprano
Mehmet Okonsar, Conductor
Ankara/Istanbul
“Friends, Rivals, Siblings” - A Recital of Duets St. Stephens Church Houston, TX
“The Dramatic Soprano - Best-Loved Arias” Houston, TX
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, scenes and arias - Opera Rediviva
Edgar Moore, Conductor
Houston, TX
Leonora(s) – Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino
Edgar Moore, Conductor
 
Cultural Ambassador - U.S. State Department w/ New Israeli Opera
“A Celebration of American Music”
Lena Gershuni, Piano
Tel Aviv, Israel

 

Review Excerpts

“A voice of astonishing beauty” The New York Times
“Stunning…Enchanted audience members” El Diario, Mexico
“Completely won the audience with her dramatic soprano.... drama, intensity,.....
... extraordinary musicality,and emotional depth.  An international evening!
Memminger Zeitung, Germany
“A superb young cast....including Frances Fenton” www.The PeoplesCritic.com
“Elegant”  “Exceptionally enjoyable” Cumhuriyet, Turkey
“A great voice…a bloom of chamber music facility” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“An impressive singer” Frankfurter Neue Presse
“Effortless singing - Full of emotion…pleased all with her naturalness” Main Echo, Germany

 

Current Roles

Vanessa; Lady Macbeth; Santuzza, Mamma Lucia; Lina (Stiffelio); Ariadne; Magda Sorel; Leonora (La Forza del Destino); Gräfin Mariza; Manon Lescaut; Suor Angelica; Cio-Cio San; Donna Anna, Donna Elvira; Marina (Die Vier Grobiane)

Representative Opera Companies

Frankfurt Opera, Zürich Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Classics of New Jersey, San Antonio Festival, Central City Opera Apprentice

Representative Orchestas

Akademisches Orchester Zürich;  Houston Symphony Orchestra; Runkfunk; Süddeutsche Runkfunk;  Südwest Rundfunk; Orquestra do Estado do São Paulo; Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra; Bay Area Symphony (Texas); Houston Chamber Orchestra; Pilsener Jugendorchester; Thalwil Kammerorchester

Performances

February 12, 2012

Work: 100 Years of Artists - Concert
Role: Elisabetta, Gioconda, Alceste
Composer: Verdi, Handel, Wagner, Giordano, others
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Director: Frances Fenton
Organization: Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Sung/Cover: Sung

November 13, 2011

Work: Ludmilla & the Three Tenors
Role: Ludmilla
Composer: Dr. Allyson Applebaum Wells
Orchestra: Woodrow Witt Saxophone Ensemble
Conductor: Dr. Woodrow Witt
Organization: HCC Faculty Composers
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 20, 2011

Work: Centennial Gala Celebration/Concert
Role: Iphigenie; Amelia
Composer: Gluck; Verdi
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Organization: Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 01, 2011

Work: Excerpts from Macbeth
Role: Lady Macbeth
Composer: Verdi
Sung/Cover: Sung

October 28, 2010

Work: A Night at the Opera - Un Ballo in Maschera
Role: Amelia
Composer: Verdi
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Organization: Pearl Fincher Museum
Sung/Cover: Sung

September 28, 2010

Work: Excerpts from Spoon River Epitaphs - Premiere
Role: Soloist
Composer: Roger Keele/Frances Fenton
Sung/Cover: Sung

November 2009

Work: Six Seasonal Songs - Premiere Performance
Composer: Dr. Roger Keele
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Organization: St. Cecilia Society
Sung/Cover: Sung

April 29, 2009

Work: Spring Celebration
Role: Leonora, Turandot
Composer: Verdi, Puccini
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Organization: Tuesday Musical Club
Sung/Cover: Sung

April 19, 2009

Work: SAI AMERICAN MUSICALE
Composer: Various
Conductor: Sue Olfield
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 2009

Work: American Songs & Arias
Composer: Various
Conductor: Mehmet Okonsar, Turkish National Artist
Organization: U.S. State Department./Bavaria, Germany
Sung/Cover: Sung

February 2009

Work: Recital, Master Class
Conductor: Maestro William Vendice
Organization: Church of the Messiah/Orange County High School for the Arts
Sung/Cover: Sung

October 19, 2008

Work: American Songs & Arias & Master Class
Composer: various
Conductor: Dr. Karen Ganz
Organization: McNeese State University
Sung/Cover: Cover

October 15, 2008

Work: Die Winterreise
Composer: Schubert
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Organization: Lone Star College Kingwood
Sung/Cover: Sung

October 14, 2008

Work: The Torch: Frances Fenton Plus Her Students
Composer: Verdi, Ponchielli, Handel, Mozart
Conductor: Dr.Roger Keele
Organization: President's Coffee - Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Sung/Cover: Sung

September 12, 2008

Work: Gershwin Plus
Composer: Gershwin, Lara
Orchestra: "Strings Attached" String Quartet
Organization: Chinese-American Alliance
Sung/Cover: Sung

September 11, 2008

Work: Gershwin Plus
Composer: Gershwin, Lara
Orchestra: "Strings Attached" String Quartet
Organization: Art Institute of Houston
Sung/Cover: Sung

June 27, 2008

Work: Die Operette mit Schlag
Composer: Romberg, Herbert, J. Strauss
Conductor: Dr.Jeremy Wood
Organization: Lone Star Lyric Theatre Festival
Sung/Cover: Sung

February 02, 2008

Work: Die Winterreise
Composer: Franz Schubert
Conductor: Dr. Roger Keele
Director: Richard Boyd, Film Director
Sung/Cover: Sung

June 27, 2007

Role: Guest Appearance
Composer: Maury Yeston
Conductor: Roger Keele
Organization: Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival
Sung/Cover: Sung

April 22, 2007

Work: American Arias
Conductor: TBA
Organization: SAI AMERICAN MUSICALE
Sung/Cover: Sung

April 2007

Work: Arias & Duets from Porgy & Bess
Composer: George Gershwin
Conductor: Lucy Hargis
Sung/Cover: Sung

January 30, 2007

Work: Women Composers
Composer: J. Lang, F. Hensel, P. Viardot
Conductor: Suzanne Marion, Piano
Organization: Houston Tuesday Musical Club
Sung/Cover: Sung

2007

Work: Liederabend, plus Arias
Composer: Telemann, C. Schumann, Hindemith. Quilter, etc.
Conductor: Roland Boer
Organization: Frankfurt Germany
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 26, 2006

Work: Rosa Parks: An Opera
Role: Jo An Robinson
Composer: A. Applebaum
Orchestra: Yes
Conductor: A. Applebaum
Organization: Composers Forum
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 25, 2006

Work: Friends, Rivals....Siblings! A Duet Recital
Role: Duet Recital
Composer: Various
Conductor: Roger Keele, Pianist
Organization: Third Millenium Voices/St. Stephens Episcopal Church
Sung/Cover: Sung

November 22, 2005

Work: Russian Duets w/ Joanna Gaines, Mezzo-Soprano
Organization: Tuesday Musical Club/Featured Artist
Sung/Cover: Sung

May 2005

Work: Arias Concert
Role: Lady Macbeth
Composer: Verdi
Orchestra: Yes
Conductor: Edgar Moore
Organization: Opera Rediviva
Sung/Cover: Sung

April 24, 2005

Work: Faculty Honors Recital
Composer: Various
Conductor: Christine Schaffer, Pianist
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 2005

Work: A Celebration of American Music
Role: Solo Recitals
Composer: Various
Conductor: Lena Gershuni, Pianist
Organization: U.S. State Department/Bar-Ilan University/New Israeli Opera
Sung/Cover: Sung

March 2005

Work: Master Class
Role: Master Clinician
Composer: Various
Organization: Ashdod Chamber Opera
Sung/Cover: Sung

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