Axelle Fanyo

Photo: Capucine de Choqueuse


After studying musicology and violin, Axelle decided to focus on singing, studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Glenn Chambers, where she obtained her Masters Diploma. As a Fondation Royaumont prize-winner, 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.

Axelle is passionate about art song, and regularly appears in recital: she won the First Prize at the International Lied Duo Competition in Enschede (Netherlands), the Young Artist prize at the International French song competition in Toulouse and the prestigious Kaleidoscope Competition in the USA. She has performed at several festivals, as well as at the Opéra de Lille and at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Her opera and concert repertoire is eclectic: Legrenzi’s La Divisione del mondo in Cologne with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, Barena Jenufa at the Opéra de Dijon and the Opéra de Caen, Leila in John Adams’ I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky at the Opéra de Lyon, Khane in Rumshinsky’s The Golden Bride with Opera Fuoco, Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem with Les Siècles and the Aedes Ensemble, conducted by Mathieu Romano, and she has recently recorded excerpts from Saint-Saëns’s Mélodies Persanes with the Orchestre du Capitole in Toulouse.

She has also performed with Le Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet in Compiègne and on tour, as well as with Les Talens Lyriques in Potsdam, at the Festival de Beaune and at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. In recital, she has sung at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, at the invitation of Angela Hewitt, accompanied by Kunal Lahiri.

More recently, she has sung Debussy’s La Damoiselle Élue with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, made her recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Julius Drake and sang in San Francisco Refka in Saarihao’s Adriana Mater, with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony. Future plans include the title role in Tosca in a reduced version for the Opéra Impérial de Compiègne and on tour, the title role in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at the Opéra d’Avignon, la Mère for the first performance of Hèctor Parra’s Justice at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Performance dates

BOZAR Brussels

Barbican Centre London

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Konserthuset Stockholm

Gulbenkian Lisbon

Wiener Musikverein

L’auditori Barcelona

Kölner Philharmonie

B:Music Birmingham

Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam

Philharmonie de Luxembourg

Philharmonie de Paris

NOSPR Katowice

Auditorium-Orchestre National de Lyon

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden