Fleur Barron



Hailed as a “charismatic star” by the Boston Globe and as “a knockout performer” by The Times, British-Singaporean mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron is a 2018 HSBC Laureate of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the recipient of the 2016 Grace B. Jackson Prize from the Tanglewood Music Festival, awarded to one outstanding young singer each year. A passionate interpreter of chamber music, concert works, and opera ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, Ms. Barron is mentored by Barbara Hannigan.

In the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Barron will make house debuts at Opera Philadelphia as Museum Curator in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Woman with Eyes Closed, Arizona Opera as the title role in Carmen, and Garsington Opera as Olga in Yevgeny Onegin. She will also reprise Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Versailles Opera and sing Mercedes in Carmen at Opéra de Monte-Carlo. In concert, she will perform a duo recital with bass-baritone Eric Owens and pianist Julius Drake at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, a duo recital with tenor Ian Bostridge and Drake at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and solo recitals with Drake at Chamber Music Northwest, Het Concertgebouw, and multiple concert series in the United Kingdom. Additionally, she will perform solo recitals with pianist Joseph Middleton at Leeds Lieder Festival and Blackheath Halls, with Myra Huang at the Cincinnati Song Initiative, and with Jocelyn Freeman at The Red House, Aldeburgh.

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“The real stage vibrancy rests with Tatyana’s supposedly more complacent sister Olga, so compellingly acted and sung by Fleur Barron. Her unique mezzo-contralto immediately stood out in the Blackheath performance of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes; here she proves herself a stage animal as well. You can’t take your eyes off her whenever she appears; Garsington should build a Carmen around her. “


David Nice

The Arts Desk, June 2021

“Barron was incredibly watchable, perfectly incarnating Olga’s irrepressible nature as the life and soul of any party, and particularly impressed with the strength and quality of her low register.”

David Karlin

Bachtrack, June 2021

“The word ‘indisposed’ must send a pulse of dread through the heart of the concert hall director. How is one to find a replacement mezzo soprano who can sing anything from Bach to Berkeley with just 24 hours’ notice? Fleur Barron, who flew into London for this concert with pianist Julius Drake and cellist Natalie Clein did more than simply ensure the ‘show went on’. She brought incredible poise and expressive weight — not to mention a thrillingly dark and rich-veined mezzo, and a striking stage presence, to Kings Place for this concert in the Cello Unwrapped series..”

Claire Seymour

Seen and Heard International, September 2017

“The cast… was strong across the board, but mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron as Anna was the charismatic star, projecting her character’s sass but also her sincerity, with a tone that was idiomatically dark and smoky”

Jeremy Eichler

The Boston Globe, 2016

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“Dido was Fleur Barron: … a striking-looking young woman with an intriguingly dark and complex mezzo voice”

Opera News, 2015

“Fleur Barron was… the one revelation. Her meltingly rich mezzo and flair removed the ridiculousness [of the character].”

Los Angeles Times2019

“Fleur Barron, an earthy Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, sounded like a Carmen in the making.”

New York Times2019