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Iris Fairfax, lyric coloratura soprano

Iris Fairfax, lyric coloratura soprano

Soprano Iris Fairfax is a versatile artist who performs roles in the soubrette, lyric coloratura and dramatic coloratura Fachs. Her repertoire spans the idioms of opera, early and contemporary classical music, traditional music theater and the American Songbook.

The 2003-2004 season was particularly busy for the Philadelphia native, who sang the role of First Lady in Mozartís Die Zauberflote with OperaDelaware, Euridice in Offenbachís Orpheus in the Underworld at the Trinity Center for Urban Life (Philadelphia, PA), and Violetta in Verdiís La Traviata with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. She also added the role of Susan in Stephen Sondheimís Company to her music theater resume (Trinity Center), and appeared as a featured soloist at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington, DE (Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts).

She has performed the roles of Monica in The Medium and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief (both by Menotti), as well as Madame Goldentrill in Mozartís The Impresario, with Opera North; Zerbinetta in Richard Straussí Ariadne and Naxos with the Liederkranz Opera Theatre (which also awarded her a career grant); and Frasquita in Bizetís Carmen with OperaDelaware. The soprano received acclaim for her portrayals of both Bess and Clara in the Living Arts international tour of Gershwinís Porgy and Bess.

Miss Fairfax has sung with the Delaware and Lancaster Symphonies (soprano soloist, Khatchaturian Piano Concerto), Cincinnati Opera, Pioneer Valley Symphony (soprano soloist, Carmina Burano), Philadelphia Singers, and the Cincinnati Composersí Guild. Additionally, she has performed in the Encores! Series at City Center in New York City (revival, Arlenís St. Louis Woman), as well as the American Music Theater Festival (premiere, Geri Allenís Fur on the Belly).

Iris is the recipient of several awards and honors, including: First place, New York Vocal Artists Millennium Competition; Legacy Award, National Opera Association Competition; career grant, Gerda Lissner Competition.

An alum of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Vocal Arts, the soprano currently resides in Philadelphia.