Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe, British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the recipient of the 2016 Jackson Prize for Excellence from the Tanglewood Music Festival, awarded to one outstanding young singer each year, and is mentored by Barbara Hannigan.
In the 2018-2019 season, Fleur sings Olga in Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon; Baba the Turk The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie; Maddalena Rigoletto with Northern Ireland Opera; Balkis in Offenbach’s Barkouf with Opéra National du Rhin; and the title role Carmen with Diva Opera. She will be artist-in-residence at the 2019 Ojai Festival (U.S.), performing works by Stravinsky and Ives with the LUDWIG Orchestra under the helm of Barbara Hannigan. A dedicated recitalist, Fleur continues her partnership with pianist Julius Drake in recitals in Spain and the U.K., and performs additional recitals at the Two Moors Festival, Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, Blackheath Halls and Sarasota Chamber Music Series (U.S.). Future seasons include a debut with Opéra de Monte-Carlo, returns to Festival d’Aix and the Aldeburgh Festival, and joining the Orchestre Symphonique de Toulon for Chausson’s Poemes de l’Amour et de la Mer.
Engagements in the 2017-2018 season included Fenena Nabucco with Opéra National de Montpellier; 1st Witch Dido and Aeneas with Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Marguerite La Damnation de Faust at St Endellion Festival; and the title role (cover) in the Katie Mitchell production, Miranda, at Opéra Comique. On the concert platform, Fleur was the alto soloist in Bernstein’s Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, performed multiple recitals with Julius Drake, gave a recital debut at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with pianist Jonathan Ware, and presented a recital of Weill and Messiaen with Barbara Hannigan and Stephane Degout for France Musique.
In the 2016-2017 season, Fleur received critical acclaim at the Tanglewood Music Festival for simultaneously singing and dancing Anna I and Anna II in Kurt Weill’s die Siebentodsünden; at Tanglewood, Fleur also performed Messiaen’s Harawi and was the alto soloist in several Bach cantatas under the baton of John Harbison. In the summer of 2017, Fleur joined the Mozart Residency of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and subsequently the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and also sang the title role La Cenerentola with Diva Opera (U.K.). She was also the alto soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
Fleur holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A. Comparative Literature) and Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Voice Performance). Currently based in London, Fleur was born in Ireland and grew up in Hong Kong.