Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "charismatic star" and by Opera News as a "striking looking young woman with an intriguingly dark and complex mezzo," British-Singaporean mezzo Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the recipient of the 2016 Jackson Prize by the Tanglewood Music Festival, given to one outstanding young singer each year, and the 1st Prize Winner of the 2013 Liederkranz Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall recital debut. Fleur is mentored by Barbara Hannigan.
Higlights in the 2018-2019 season include Baba the Turk The Rake's Progress at La Monnaie/de Munt and Aldeburgh Festival, Olga Eugene Onegin with Opéra de Toulon; Balkis in Offenbach's Barkouf with Opéra Nationaldu Rhin, Maddalena Rigoletto with Northern Ireland Opera, 1st Witch Dido and Aeneas with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Marguerite La Damnation de Faust at the St Endellion Festival (U.K.), and workshopping Jennifer Higdon's new opera with Opera Philadelphia. On the concert platform Fleur tours with the Orchestre Regional de Normandie in Pergolesi/ Handel concerts, will be artist in residence at the Ojai Music Festival (U.S.), performing works by Stravinsky and Ives with the LUDWIG Orchestra under the helm of Barbara Hannigan, and continues her collaboration with pianist Julius Drake in recitals in Spain and the U.K. Fleur presents additional recitals at Oxford Lieder Festival, Two Moors Festival, Purbeck Chamber Music Festival, Blackheath Halls, and Sarasota Concert Series (U.S.). Her CD release with the Berkeley Ensemble for the Resonus Classics label, "Winter Fragments", received 4 stars in BBC Music Magazine and Fleur was hailed as "exceptional" in The Guardian review.Future seasons include returns to Festival d'Aix and Opéra de Montpellier in leading roles, debuts with Cape Town Opera, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opera Philadelphia, Arizona Opera, Munich Philharmonic, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, and recitals with pianists Julius Drake and Joseph Middleton.
The 2017- 2018 season featured house and role debuts as Fenena Nabucco with Opéra National de Montpellier for which she was hailed as the "revelation of the evening" by Olyrix and as a "superb Fenena with a magnetic stage presence" by Classique News, and with Opéra Comique as the title role (cover) in Purcell's Miranda, directed by Katie Mitchell. Fleur also sang Angelina La Cenerentola with Diva Opera (U.K.). Concert engagements included alto soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in Bernstein's Songfest; multiple recitals with pianistJulius Drake across the U.K.; a recital with cellist Natalie Clein; a recital debut at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with pianist Jonathan Ware; and a recital with Barbara Hannigan for France Musique. In the summer of 2017 Fleur participated both in the prestigious Mozart Residency of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and in the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings.
In the 2016-2017 season Fleur received critical acclaim for singing the role of Anna I and simultaneously dancing the role of Anna II in Kurt Weill's Die sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins) at the Tanglewood Music Festival,where she also performed the alto solos in Bach Cantata BWV116 and Messiaen's Harawi. As a young artist with Palm Beach Opera, Fleur bowed as Mercedes Carmen, Dryade Ariadne auf Naxos and Pepa Goyescas (Granados), while covering the title role in Carmen. Additional performances that season included Zulma L'Italiana in Algeri with Sarasota Opera, and the alto solos in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Choral Fantasy with the Flint Symphony Orchestra (Michigan).
Fleur holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature with highest honours from Columbia University and a Masters from Manhattan School of Music. Born in Northern Ireland, Fleur spent her formative years in Hong Kong, completed training in New York, and is currently based in London.
As of March 2019