After studying musicology at the Sorbonne and winning awards as a violinist at the Conservatoire La Courneuve, Axelle Fanyo studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP) with Glenn Chambers and obtained her Master’s Diploma. She also took part in the lyric workshop Opera Fuoco, led by David Stern, and was a member of Renée Fleming’s Song Studio at Carnegie Hall in 2019.
In 2023/24 she will make her debut in two major roles: Tosca at the Théâtre Imperial in Compiègne, then on tour in France, and Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Opéra Grand Avignon. She will also sing the role of the Mother in the world premiere of Hèctor Parra’s contemporary opera Justice at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In concert and recital she sings Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder, Schoenberg’s Lieder op.2 and String Quartet No. 2 (L’Abbaye de Royaumont), and narrates Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, with musicians from the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Samy Rachid.
Recent highlights include her debut at the Philharmonie de Paris singing the title role in Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue with Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. The latter then invited her to sing at Davies Symphony Hall the role of Refka in Kaija Saariaho’s opera Adriana Mater with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, staged by Peter Sellars. She also made her debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, sang at Opéra de Massy, Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Caen and recitals at the Orangerie du Parc Bagatelle, Festival des Nuits Romantiques, Opéra Comique and Paris Music Factory.
In concert Axelle Fanyo has been heard in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Orchestre Les Siècles and in repertoire ranging from Respighi’s Il tramonto, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder and Poulenc’s La Dame de Monte-Carlo. She performs in recital with pianists such as Julius Drake, Tanguy de Williencourt, Kunal Lahiry, and Adriano Spampanato, in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, La Seine Musicale, La Philharmonie de Paris, and the Musée d ‘Orsay. Her recordings include Saint-Saens’ Les Mélodies Persanes for Palazzetto Bru Zane with the Orchestre de Capitole de Toulouse, conducted by Leo Hussain, and several melodies of Henri Duparc for B Records, in association with l’Académie Orsay-Royaumont.
Barbican Centre London
Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Philharmonie de Luxembourg
Philharmonie de Paris
Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon