Mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer’s creation of Isabelle Eberhardt in Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar prompted critics to hail her as “riveting” (New York Times) and “a mighty operatic heroine” (Los Angeles Times).
Ms. Fischer’s engagements in the 2016-17 season include reprising Isabelle Eberhardt with Beth Morrison Projects (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum); soloist in Hosokawa’s The Raven (Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano e Trento); Messiah (Duke Chapel Choir and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra); Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Duruflé’s Requiem (New York Choral Society, Carnegie Hall); and a recital (Resonant Bodies Festival). In the summer of 2016, Ms. Fischer sang the title role in Carmen (Colorado Music Festival), and Isabelle Eberhardt (Chautauqua Opera). Her engagements in the 2015-16 season included the lead role of Mrs. X.E. in the world premiere of Yu Dun’s Angel’s Bone (Prototype Festival New York); Isabelle Eberhardt (Redcat L.A.); Incidental Music from a Midsummer Night’s Dream under Andris Nelsons (Boston Symphony Orchestra); and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (New Bedford Symphony Orchestra). Recent engagements included Mother in The Scarlet Ibis (Prototype Festival); When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d (New York Choral Society); St. Matthew Passion (Duke Concert Choir); and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (Santa Rosa Symphony).
Her operatic highlights include Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Opera Memphis), and a double bill of Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You (Gotham Chamber Opera). She can be heard as Franny in Ince’s Judgment of Midas, and as soloist in Muhly’s Mothertongue.