Yorkshire born soprano Jenny Stafford studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award. This year, Jenny made her Royal Albert Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate, conducted by Brian Kay. Jenny was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2015, performing at the Wigmore Hall. She undertook a BMus at King’s College, London, ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and now studies privately under Susan Roberts in London.
Jenny has given recitals and concerts in such venues as the Barbican Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, York Minster, the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg, Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid and for the Spitalfields Music Festival and Chipping Campden Music Festival. Solo performances include Handel’s Messiah (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra), Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (York Musical Society), Brahms’ Ein deutsches 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 (Zürich, Switzerland) and Missa in Angustiis, Faure’s Requiem and Monteverdi Vespers 1610.
Jenny has performed the roles of Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Dido (Dido&Aeneas) in the Cadogan Hall, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) for Bury Court Opera, Frasquita (cover, Carmen) for The Grange Festival, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Heritage Opera, Micaëla (Carmen) for the Northern Aldborough Festival, Pied Piper (Jonathan Willcock’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin) with Opera North Children’s Chorus, Mimì (La bohème) for Merry Opera Company and Woodhouse Opera, Musetta (La bohème) for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Ryedale Festival Opera and Sāvitri (Sāvitri) and Alison (Wandering Scholar) at Grimeborn Festival.
Jenny’s studies were kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust.