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Fenlon Lamb

Director of Opera and Assistant Teaching Professor

Opera News called Fenlon Lamb “moving and convincing” and Seen and Heard International praised her “well-honed theatrical sensibility.” Returning for her third season as Director of Opera at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, she brings these qualities of experience and perspective as an outstanding singing actress to her work as a stage director and professor. Fenlon directed Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi last fall in collaboration with the costume, technical direction, stage management and lighting departments of the UMKC Theater program and with her artistic partner Jeff Ridenour as set designer. Last season’s professional projects included a world premiere with Arizona Opera (Riders of the Purple Sage), a unique operatic installation with Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artists (The Juliet Letters) and a staged oratorio with Lexington Philharmonic (To be Certain of the Dawn). Fenlon also returned to Dayton Opera for Carmen and Finger Lakes Opera for Tosca after producing Handel’s Rodelinda at UMKC in collaboration with Dr. Joseph Desota, Dr. Alison DeSimone and Dr. Cara Chowning.

Ms. Lamb recently returned for her fourth season with Palm Beach Opera for a “delightful” Don Pasquale. She directed last year’s “opulent” La bohème and a “madcap” Il barbiere di Siviglia in 2014 for the company. Fenlon made her company debut with Opera Santa Barbara in a “superb” Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Other recent productions at opera houses across the U.S. have included Don Pasquale for the Crested Butte Music Festival, The Pearl Fishers with Dayton Opera, Die fliegende Holländer for Opera Carolina, Hänsel und Gretel with Nightingale Opera, Werther for Mobile Opera, and both Rigoletto and Lucia di Lammermoor at Arizona Opera. Fenlon is the Director of Opera and Vocal Programming for the Bar Harbor Music Festival where she has designed and directed engaging productions of Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Upcoming productions include an innovative Hänsel und Gretel at UMKC this fall created entirely out of paper, a fifth season at Palm Beach Opera to direct Tosca and a company and opera debut directing Così fan tutte for Opera on the James.