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Robin Fisher

Carmen: Foremost Femme Fatale  


Cleopatra, Salome, Electra from Daredevil, the Femme Fatale is a stock character that audiences can instantly recognize. They are women who aren't concerned with society's rules, who can bend the men around them to whatever scheme they want.

Because they are transgressive, they usually don't make it to the end of the play, opera, or novel.

Find out how Carmen fits into this characterization and how she defies it.


Soprano Robin Fisher has performed to critical acclaim in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Prague, Hamburg, Chicago and Dallas. Press reviews remark on her “amazingly precise coloratura, melting diminuendi, splendid high notes and delightful musicality” (Opernwelt) and her “mature timbre and total self-assurance…. an extremely exciting singer-actress” (Westdeutsche Zeitung).

Ms. Fisher's many recital appearances in both Europe and the United States attest to her love for the art song. She made a compact disc recording of sacred American art songs in collaboration with pianist Dalton Baldwin, issued in 2003 (God Be in My Heart). National Public Radio broadcast an interview and concert excerpts in 2002 from her lecture-recital series “Poetry and Music in the American Art Song.” Austrian Radio recorded her world premiere performance of several avant-garde works from the Styrian Fall Festival, and Swiss Radio invited Ms. Fisher to record Mozart lieder accompanied by fortepiano for broadcast during a Mozart festival.

Together with scholar Ruth Friedberg, Dr. Fisher published a revised edition of American Art Song & American Poetry in 2012 (publ. by Rowman & Littlefield) with a foreword by baritone Thomas Hampson. Together with Friedberg, Ms. Fisher also published The Selected Writings of John Duke in 2007 (Scarecrow Press) with a foreword by composer Ned Rorem.

Ms. Fisher won both the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship and a Rotary Foundation Award to pursue studies in Europe, and received the coveted Artist's Diploma cum laude from the University of Vienna. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. A native of California, she began her vocal studies at San José State University and went on to graduate from Smith College cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her students have won vocal competitions and are active performers and teachers throughout the United States. Ms. Fisher is Professor of Voice in the Sacramento State School of Music.

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