Fenton, Frances 1Dramatic soprano FRANCES FENTON returned to the U.S. in the new millenium after singing in Europe for more than ten years. Equally at home in opera, concert or recital, critics consistently appreciate Frances Fenton's voice and artistry:
"Stunning! ... enchanted the audience members!"
-El Diario, Mexico
"Elegant .....exceptionally enjoyable"
"A dark, dramatic voice.....a great voice with the bloom of chamber music facility"
-Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Effortless singing, pleasing all with her naturalness"
"Completely won the audience with her dramatic soprano....extraordinary musicality and emotional depth"
"A voice of astonishing beauty"
-The New York Times
FRANCES FENTON has sung leading and featured roles with the Zürich Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Houston Grand Opera, and Central City Opera, among many others. She has sung as a guest artist with opera companies and orchestras in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey and Wales. Miss Fenton has also been televised on four continents.
Frances has sung world premieres of works by Richard Hundley, Henry Mollicone, John David Earnest, and European and Asian premieres of works by Philip Glass and John Corigliano.
Fenton, FrancesShe is a frequently-requested performer for the U.S. State Department, singing concerts throughout Israel, where she also gave Master Classes at Israel's newest opera, the Ashdod Chamber Opera. Miss Fenton is, to date, the only American opera singer to be invited as a Master Class technician with this company. Miss Fenton also gives benefit performances as the need arises, sponsored by UNICEF.
Frances Fenton is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Houston, and did post-graduate work at the University of North Texas, and the Goethe Universität.
She performed with the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival in the summer of 2008. In February 2008, Frances Fenton became the first American soprano to perform Schubert's Die Winterreise with Roger Keele, pianist. The film of this performance will be released soon.
Her future plans include performances of Die Winterreise with Dr. Keele and recitals and master classes at McNeese State University in 2008. Miss Fenton is the first American guest performer of the U.S.-China Friendship Association. In the spring of 2009 she will perform in cities throughout Bavaria, including Munich, Germany under the auspices of the U.S. and Turkish State Departments and the Muenchener Tonkuenstlerverband.
Besides a busy performing schedule, Frances teaches at Houston Community College and maintains an active private studio which includes competition, major scholarship winners and recording artists. To date, her students have received over 60 scholarships, including full scholarships to Oklahoma City University and the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in vocal performance. Her students in Houston have received contracts with Opera Vista, Opera in the Heights, and Houston Grand Opera. She has also taught several international competition winners and recording artists.
Frances is a guest adjudicator for NATS competitions, Jugend Musiziert in Germany, Opera Pacific's Laila Conlon Competition and The Professional Opera Singers' Association Competition for Southern California and most recently, The Ruth Burr Vocal Awards Competition for Houston's Tuesday Musical Club. Miss Fenton is also the former Director of the Vocal Division of The Arts, Terra Incognita, Hessen, Germany.
- Houston Community College