Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe and as a "knockout performer" by The Times, British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and is mentored by Barbara Hannigan.
The 2019-2020 season features significant role and house debuts, including Ottavia in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Suora Zelatrice in staged performances of Suor Angelica with the Berlin Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko, the title role in Handel's Giulio Cesare with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with The Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder, the title role in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice with Cape Town Opera, and Suzuki at Opéra National de Montpellier. Fleur's vibrant concert season includes debuts with the Munich Philharmonic in Stravinsky's Pulcinella under Barbara Hannigan, Berlioz arias with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Chausson's Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer with the Orchestre Symphonique de Toulon; and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fleur also continues her partnership with pianist Julius Drake in two recitals at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, a recital in New York at the 92cd Street Y, and in concerts in the U.K.; she also presents multiple recitals with Roger Vignoles in the U.K., including a Schubert 1828 recital at the Aldeburgh Festival. Future seasons include debuts with Opera Philadelphia, Garsington Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Arizona Opera, Opéra Royal de Versailles, and further recitals with Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles.
In the 2018-2019 season, Fleur sang Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon; Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie and Aldeburgh Festival; Balkis in Offenbach’s Barkouf with Opéra National du Rhin; Maddalena in Rigoletto with Northern Ireland Opera; 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; and Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust at the St Endellion Festival (U.K.). On the concert platform, Fleur toured with Orchestre Regional de Normandie as alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, was an artist-in-residence at the 2019 Ojai Festival (U.S.) under the helm of Barbara Hannigan, and continued her recital partnerships with Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles, performing concerts
in Madrid and the U.K.
Other recent highlights include Anna I in Kurt Weill’s die Siebentodsünden at Tanglewood Music Festival; Fenena in Nabucco with Opéra National de Montpellier, for which Fleur was hailed as the “revelation of the evening” by Olyrix; the title role (cover) in Katie Mitchell’s Miranda at Opéra Comique; the title role in La Cenerentola with Diva Opera (U.K.); alto soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall; multiple recitals with Julius Drake in the U.K.; a recital of Weill and Messiaen with Barbara Hannigan for France Musique; and a recital at Aldeburgh Festival with pianist Jonathan Ware. Fleur also regularly performs recitals with her duo partner Maya Irgalina.
Fleur holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature with highest honours from Columbia University and a Masters from Manhattan School of Music. She completed young artist training at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Mozart Residency of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She is currently based in London.