Axelle Fanyo



French soprano Axelle Fanyo “does not only embody a character, she tells us the story. She clearly cultivates the art of communication, which gives her singing another dimension.” (Forum Opera) and is making her mark on both the opera world and in concert halls with her eclectic curiosity and “charismatic, beautiful voice [of] real star quality.” (Renée Fleming) With multiple accolades including the 2021 Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition grand prize, prestigious Kaleidoscope prize and the Young Artist prize at the International French Song competition, Axelle is without a doubt an artist on the rise.

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. The Deutsche Grammophon label invited her to make her first solo recordings (with repertoire including Weill, Ravel and Bolcom) within their Rising Star programme, and she has also been named as a Rising Star for the 2023/24 season in the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) programme, through which she will give a recital tour of around fifteen dates across major European venues including Vienna’s Musikverein, London’s Barbican, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the Philharmonie de Paris and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

In 2023/24, in addition to this European recital tour, 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 fruhe 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.

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Recent Praise

“Axelle Fanyo is very charismatic, beautiful voice, beautiful woman and so fun to talk to….She has real star quality.”

- Renée Fleming

“Axelle Fanyo does not only embody a character, she tells us the story. She clearly cultivates the art of saying, which gives her singing another dimension.”

Brigitte Maroillat

Forum Opéra