Axelle Fanyo - Soprano

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After studying musicology at the Sorbonne and winning awards as a violinist at the Conservatoire La Courneuve, Axelle decided to focus on life as a singer.  She studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) with Glenn Chambers and obtained her Masters Diploma.

In the course of her studies, Axelle had the chance to work with the likes of Anne Le Bosec, Susan Manoff, Emmanuelle Cordoliani and Vincent Vittoz.  As a prize-winner at the Fondation Royaumont, she also had the opportunity to study with singers such as Mireille Delunsch, Waltraud Meier and Dame Felicity Lott.  In January 2019, she was selected to take part in masterclasses with Renée Fleming in New York.

Alongside her operatic studies and performances, she is passionate about song, and regularly appears in recital.   In competition, 2019 saw her win the prestigious Kaleidoscope Competition in the USA; she was also a double prize-winner at the Concours-Récital du Festival Classica in Montreal (4th prize overall and best performance of a Canadian song).  She also won first prize at the International Song Competition in Enschede in 2015, and took the Young Artist prize at the International French song competition in Toulouse the same year.  2018 saw her reach the last eight of the Montreal International Competition for song/mélodies.  With pianist Louise Akili, she has performed at several festivals, including the Festival Chopin de Nohant, at the Petit Palais (with Jeunes Talents) and at the Collège des Bernadins as part of their concert series, as well as at the Opéra de Lille and in the auditorium at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

In opera, Axelle made her debut at Tourcoing with Jean-Claude Malgoire as Elisabeth in Tannhaüser and Eleanora in Prima la musica et poi la parole by Salieri for Opera Fuoco, with whom she has also appeared as soprano soloist in The Fairy Queen at the Baroque Festival in Shanghai.  She has also sung Vitellia La Clemenze di Tito at the Opéra de Dijon, and made her Verdian debut at the Festival des Nuits musicales de Bazoches last July, singing Leonora La forza del destino, conducted by Alexandra Cravero and directed by Renaud Boutin.

More recently, she made her debut with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset in Legrenzi’s La Divisione del mondo in Cologne, and sang as soloist in the Brahms’ Requiem with Les Siècles and the Aedes Ensemble, under the direction of Mathieu Romano, alongside performances as Barena Jenufa at the Opéra de Dijon and the Opéra de Caen, and Khane in Rumshinsky’s The Golden Bride with Opera Fuoco, as well as appearing as soloist in the Brahms’ Requiem with Les Siècles and the Aedes Ensemble, under the direction of Mathieu Romano.

Last season, Axelle made her debut with the Opéra de Lyon as Leila in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky.   Her forthcoming performances include the roles of Acté, Écolier and Abbesse in La Carmélite by Reynaldo Hahn, as well as Second Servant Elektra in Toulouse.  She will also appear with Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet in their new production of Le Baron de Münchhausen (a pasticcio based on French operas of the 17th century) and, in concert, she sings Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with the Sécession Orchestra.



Jenufa/Opéra de Dijon 2018

“La distribution brille par son homogénéité. Tous les seconds rôles (ils sont nombreux dans cet opéra), même les plus épisodiques, sont à leur place, tant vocalement que scéniquement. Axelle Fanyo (qui fut Elisabeth de Tannhäuser pour Jean-Claude Malgoire) et Roxane Chalard, respectivement Barena et Jano, disposent de beaux timbres, d’une ampleur vocale suffisante et d’une vraie présence scénique, leur permettant de ne pas réduire leurs personnages à de simples silhouettes” Olyrix