Opera News called Fenlon Lamb “moving and convincing” and Seen and Heard International complemented her “well-honed theatrical sensibility.” Ms. Lamb brings these qualities of experience and perspective as an outstanding singing actress to her work as a stage director. Most recently, Fenlon directed the world première of Riders of the Purple Sage with Arizona Opera in a production that BroadwayWorld.com called “epic” and “memorable…literally and figuratively blazing trails.” She led Dayton Opera’s Carmen and directed the oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn (Stephen Paulus) with the Lexington Philharmonic. Fenlon and her artistic partner, Jeff Ridenour, created a unique production of The Juliet Letters with the Resident Artists of Lyric Opera Kansas City which the Kansas City Star hailed as “a successful, intimate show [that] delighted the audience in a noteworthy production.” In another collaboration with Jeff, she débuted with Finger Lakes Opera this past summer directing a new production of La traviata. Fenlon made her company début with Opera Santa Barbara directing a double-bill of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi and returned to Palm Beach Opera for her fourth season to direct a “delightful, energetic” Don Pasquale.
Ms. Lamb is the Director of Opera at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where she has directed Die Zauberflöte, The Turn of the Screw and Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi along with Cendrillon and Little Women. Currently, she is also the Director of Opera and Vocal Programming at Bar Harbor Music Festival. She has designed and directed engaging productions of Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, Madama Butterfly, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro, La bohème, La Cenerentola, and Don Giovanni while she continues to program innovative recitals and pops concerts each summer.
In recent seasons, Fenlon made her début at Dayton Opera directing Les pêcheurs des perles, joined Mobile Opera for Werther with Gran Wilson in the title role and returned to Arizona Opera as stage director for a “grand and gripping” Rigoletto. She directed the young artists of the Crested Butte Music Festival in a production of Don Pasquale and a new production of Hansel and Gretel for Nightingale Opera Theatre that was hailed as “fresh and alluring from curtain to curtain.” For Palm Beach Opera’s 2013 International season Fenlon directed a “fizzing and delightful” Il barbiere di Siviglia “displaying theatrical ingenuity and artistic taste.” Ms. Lamb also directed Our Town and Alcina with the young artists of that company to critical acclaim. She returned to Opera Carolina as Stage Director for Der fliegende Holländer with Greer Grimsley in a production lauded for its “intriguing visuals, startling set contexts and projections…balancing operatic polish, romantic beauty and feminist critique.”
Upcoming, Fenlon returns for Bar Harbor Music Festival’s 51st season in the role of Producer of the Pops Concert “He Said, She Said” with Janinah Burnett and David Cushing and Don Pasquale directed by Joseph DeSota. She also returns to Finger Lakes Opera for her first Tosca in a new production created with her artistic partner, Jeff Ridenour. They continue their collaboration in the fall for a new production of Hänsel und Gretel at UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2018, Fenlon returns to Palm Beach Opera for her 5th season to direct Tosca and makes her company début with Opera on The James. In the spring she directs a tryptic of operas entitled “Women on the Verge” for UMKC including 7 Deadly Sins, La voix humaine and The Old Maid and the Thief.