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Jenny Stafford – Soprano

Jenny StaffordJenny Stafford was born in Huddersfield and studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award. Last year Jenny was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, making her debut at the Wigmore Hall. She previously undertook a BMus at King’s College, London, ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, participating in masterclasses with Angela Gheorghiu, Richard Bonynge and Dennis O’Neill. She has also taken part in masterclasses with Edward Gardner, Angelika Kirchschlager, Barbara Bonney and Lillian Watson and is now studying under Susan Roberts in London.

Jenny has performed the roles of Vitellia (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito) and Dido (Purcell’s Dido&Aeneas) in the Cadogan Hall, Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Così fan tutte) for Opera Lyrica, Mimì (Puccini’s La bohème) for Merry Opera Company, Musetta (Puccini’s La bohème) and 2nd Woman (Dido&Aeneas) for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic), First Lady (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) for Ryedale Festival Opera, Grimeborn Festival and Young Opera Venture, Soprano (Handel’s Messiah – staged) and Jenny/Rachel (John Ramster’s Kiss me, Figaro!) with Merry Opera Company and Sāvitri (Holst’s Sāvitri) and Alison (Holst’s Wandering Scholar) at Grimeborn Festival.

Jenny has given recitals and concerts in such venues as the Barbican Centre, Southwark Cathedral, Huddersfield Town Hall, and for the Spitalfields Music Festival and Chipping Campden Music Festival. Solo performances include Handel’s Messiah (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra), Brahms’ Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, C Minor Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Theresienmesse, Missa Sancti Nicolai (Zurich, Switzerland) and Missa in Angustiis, Faure’s Requiem and Monteverdi Vespers 1610.

Jenny’s studies were kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust.