Great ideas: Fenlon & Fenlon

Great ideas: Fenlon & Fenlon

Canadian soprano and pianist Rachel Fenlon is redefining what it means to curate one's own recital.

Fenlon has compiled selected songs of Franz Schubert's, into a cycle she has dubbed Liebesbotschaft; she'll not only sing, but accompany herself at the piano.

It's an extremely personal way of presenting music of the traditional recital canon; with Liebesbotschaft, Fenlon shows audiences not only what she feels about Schubert's songs, but distills her interpretation of the voice and piano parts into a singular source. The cycle is compiled to evoke "striking poetic and harmonic expedition", and the autonomy she earns by self-accompaniment offers "a spontaneous, relevant, and impromptu feeling" to well-loved music.

Fenlon will tour Liebesbotschaft through London, Paris, Berlin and Oslo, and she'll first offer a preview performance in Toronto. You can hear her on June 17, at 8pm at Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. Tickets start at $20, and they're available right here.

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Jenna Douglas

Jenna Douglas

Jenna is the editor and co-creator of Schmopera.com. She's also a pianist, vocal coach, and répétiteur, and working with singers is how she fell in love with opera. Her favourite operas include Peter Grimes, Ariadne auf Naxos, Tristan und Isolde, Written on Skin, and Anna Nicole.

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