FEE, Constance (USA)

FEE, Constance (USA)

Soprano, mezzo-soprano

Soprano Constance Fee has performed leading roles with the Opéra National de Paris la Bastille, the Opéra Comique, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Ghent, Antwerp and Liège, Belgium, the Vienna Volksoper, the opera houses of Stuttgart, Cologne, Kassel, and Bremen, Germany, Lucerne, Switzerland, Lyon, Toulouse and Angers, France, and in the US with the Houston Grand Opera, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Long Beach Opera and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has collaborated with numerous conductors, such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Maurizio Benini, Patrick Summers, David Robertson, John Nelson, Sir Alexander Gibson, and Nicholas McGegan, and with stage directors Colin Graham, John Cox, David Alden, GianCarlo del Monaco, Robert Wilson, François Rochaix, Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser. Her repertoire of over fifty soprano and mezzo-soprano roles includes the title roles in Puccini's Tosca, Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Donizetti's La Favorite, and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, as well as Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, Giulietta and Nicklausse in Les contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach, Marina in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Augusta in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Isolier in Le comte Ory by Rossini.          

On the concert stage she has performed as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague, in televised concerts celebrating the orchestra’s 100th anniversary, at the Internationale Musikfestwochen in Lucerne, Switzerland, with the Orchestre Symphonique Français at Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Orchestre Symphonique de la Radio Télévision Moscou at the International Festival of Besançon, France, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony and the San Diego Symphony in works including the Verdi Requiem, the Mozart Requiem, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Handel's Messiah, Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer, the Rossini Stabat Mater, the Poulenc Stabat Mater, La damnation de Faust by Berlioz, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven's Missa solemnis and Symphony No. 9, and Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, and with pianist Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival.

In recent seasons, she has performed often on the Live from Hochstein recital series on Rochester’s WXXIfm, with the Rochester Chamber Music Society, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 at Eastman’s Kodak Theater. In May of 2012, she was the guest soloist for the Opera Guild of Rochester’s annual donor’s recital. A frequent competition adjudicator, Ms. Fee taught voice and French diction on the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France, in the summer of 2013. In May of 2014, she began her term as president of the Westminster Choir College Alumni Council. She joined the voice faculty of the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, in 2014.


Her students have been offered full or partial scholarships for graduate vocal performance degree programs at the University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, Rice University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, the University of Maryland, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ithaca College, Temple University, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kansas, DePaul University, and Westminster Choir College, and have performed at the Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Syracuse Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, Opera Santa Barbara, Rochester Lyric Opera, Mercury Opera Rochester, Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Caramoor Festival, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Constance Fee is Vocal Program Director and Associate Professor of Vocal Performance on the music faculty of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She received the Performer's Certificate in Opera Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Vocal Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ, where she also received the Alumni Merit Award for Distinguished Achievement in Vocal Performance. A life-long student of Metropolitan Opera soprano Margaret Harshaw, she was a charter member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio.

You can communicate with Ms. Fee in English, French, German, Italian.