Constance Fee, M.M.

Voice, Opera, Diction


585.594.6368
Fee_Constance@roberts.edu

Biography

Constance Fee has performed leading roles with the Opéra National de Paris la Bastille, Opéra Comique, and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Netherlands Opera; New Israeli Opera; Welsh National Opera; l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Belgium; Vienna Volksoper; the opera houses of Stuttgart, Cologne, Kassel, and Bremen, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland; Lyon, Toulouse and Angérs, France; and in the US with Houston Grand Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. She has collaborated with conductors Sir Charles Mackerras, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Lorin Maazel, David Robertson, Myung-Whun Chung, Leonard Slatkin, Maurizio Benini, Patrick Summers, 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. 

Described in OPERNWELT Berlin as “vocally brilliant, dramatically spontaneous, and thoroughly alive,” 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; Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos by Strauss; Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz; Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther; Augusta Tabor in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe; Giulietta and Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann; Marina in Mussorgsky's Borid Godunov; Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Idamante in Idomeneo by Mozart; and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Isolier in Le comte Ory by Rossini.

On the concert stage she was the soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rudolfinum in Prague in Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer and the Poulenc Stabat Mater in televised concerts celebrating the orchestra’s 100thanniversary; Mendelssohn Elijah at the Internationale Musikfestwochen in Lucerne, Switzerland; Honegger Jeanne d’arc au boucher, Salle Pleyel in Paris, recorded by Musique à Flaine/Beaufour; La damnation de Faust, Berlioz, International Festival of Besançon, France; New York Philharmonic, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri; Milwaukee Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C; Saint Louis Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah; Indianapolis Symphony, Messiah; San Diego Symphon, Mozart Requiem; Lexington Philharmonic, Verdi Requiem; Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Robert Shaw, Riverside Church in New York City; Rossini Stabat mater and Mahler Kindertotenlieder, Kasseler Staatsorchester; and in concert with pianist Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Music Festival. 

Ms. Fee has performed often on the Live from Hochstein recital series on Rochester’s WXXIfm; and with the Rochester Chamber Music Society; the Rochester Philharmonic/RPYO in Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 at Eastman’s Kodak Theater; and as guest soloist for the Opera Guild of Rochester. She has taught voice and French diction on the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Périgueux, France, and since 2014 has been a member of the voice faculty of the Crescendo Summer Institute in Tokaj, Hungary, where she will return in 2020. She served on the Alumni Council of her alma mater, Westminster Choir College, for over 10 years, most recently as president. She is currently president of the Westminster Foundation. 

As vocal program director at Roberts Wesleyan College, guests she has invited to perform and present master classes include Metropolitan Opera artists Ben Heppner, Sharon Sweet, Michael Sylvester, and Tracy Dahl; and Vienna State Opera coach/conductor David Aronson and soprano Sylvia Greenberg. Under her direction, Roberts Opera Theatre has presented fully-staged productions of operas with orchestra including The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute by Mozart; Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; The Mikado, and Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan; Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and Old Maid and the Thief; as well as fully-staged scenes from opera and musical theatre including Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Susannah, Der Rosenkavalier, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Giulio Cesare, West Side Story, Wonderful Town, Bye Bye Birdie, and Fiddler on the Roof

Her students have been offered full or partial scholarships for graduate vocal performance programs at Juilliard, Rice University, Indiana University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, Bard College, Guildhall-London, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ithaca College, and Westminster Choir College; and have performed with opera companies including St. Louis, Washington National Opera, Chautauqua, Glimmerglass, Sarasota, Kansas City, and at the summer festivals of Caramoor/Bel Canto, Aspen, Miami, Amalfi Coast, and Les Chorégies d’Orange, France. 

Constance Fee is Director of Vocal Studies 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; Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University-Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington; and Bachelor of Vocal Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, from which 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. 

Recent Roberts Student and Alumni Accomplishments

  • Young Artist - Merola Opera Program, San Francisco Opera, 2020
  • Encouragement Awards - Met Opera District & Regional Auditions, 2020
  • Young Artist - Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz program, 2018-2020
  • Winner - Opera Ebony Vocal Competition, NYC, 2019
  • Apprentice Artist - Miami Music Festival Opera Program, 2019
  • Young Artist - Aspen Summer Festival Opera Theatre, 2019
  • First Place division winner - NATS Eastern Regional Competition, 2019
  • Rodolfo - Puccini La Bohème - Peach State Opera, 2019
  • Young Artist - Teatro Nuovo/Bel Canto Institute, SUNY Purchase, 2018
  • First Place division winner - NATS District Competition, 2017
  • Full Scholarship Assistantship - MM, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, 2016-2017
  • Title role - Puccini Gianni Schicchi, CCM Opera Theatre, 2018
  • Young Artist - Opera Theatre of St. Louis, 2018
  • Apprentice - Miami Music Festival Opera Program, 2018
  • Rosalinde - Strauss Die Fledermaus, WCC Opera Theatre, 2018
  • Soprano Soloist - Handel Judas Maccabeus, Rochester Oratorio Society, 2017
  • Title role - Puccini Suor Angelica, WCC Opera Theatre, 2016
  • First Place - Rochester Lyric Opera Recital Competition, 2016
  • First Place - Classical Singer Vocal Competition, Boston Convention, 2016
  • Young Artist - Amalfi Coast Festival, 2016
  • Fiordiligi - Mozart Cosí fan tutte, Peabody Opera Theatre, 2015
  • Studio Artist - Sarasota Opera, 2015

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing 
  • Alliance Française 
  • Opera America