A virtuosic contralto whose wide vocal range is matched by the diversity and richness of her repertoire, Noa Frenkel is as comfortable singing Renaissance chansons as she is contemporary arrangements.
A seasoned opera performer, Frenkel has most recently appeared in Luigi Nono’s opera Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore at the Basel opera; the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s Heart Chamber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; and Czernowin’s’s Infinite Now at the opera houses of Antwerp, Ghent and Mannheim, as well as at the Philharmonie de Paris.
She has appeared alongside renowned Baroque ensembles like Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Elyma, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Utrecht Baroque Consort. Frenkel also co-founded the Kassiopeia quintet, a vocal madrigal group that later recorded all six of Carlo Gesualdo’s books of madrigals to high praise from the international music press.
An admired interpreter of contemporary music in addition to her rich classical repertoire, Frenkel regularly performs at leading European festivals.
And her innovative, multimedia-driven solo performance “Solitude in the Age of Mass Media,” which combines music by Mahler and Purcell with newly composed pieces, has been performed in Tel Aviv, Madrid and The Netherlands.
She has recorded several albums including her own takes on Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs and Czernowin’s Shu Hai as well as Artur Schnabel’s Notturno and Te Deum by the Portuguese Baroque composer Almeida.
Frenkel — whose voice is so singular that composers have written works specifically for it — has taught singing as a faculty member at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands, since September 2017.