Yorkshire born soprano Jenny Stafford possesses ‘a voice of immense beauty and a modern, pragmatic sincerity' (Libby Purves) and is cultivating a successful career on both operatic and concert stages. In the 2017/2018 season, Jenny makes her Dutch National Opera debut as Sarah Clemency (James MacMillan), performs Annina La traviata with Longborough Festival Opera and covers Alice Ford Falstaff with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. Highlights of the 2016/2017 Season included Jenny’s Royal Albert Hall debut in Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate conducted by Brian Kay, performing the role of Pied Piper The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Jonathan Willcocks) with Opera North Children’s Chorus and covering the role of Frasquita Carmen for The Grange Festival.
Jenny studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award. In 2015 she was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, performing at the Wigmore Hall, a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and was awarded 2nd prize at the Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition.
Jenny has performed the roles of Vitellia La Clemenza di Tito in the Cadogan Hall, Donna Anna Don Giovanni with Heritage Opera, Fiordiligi Così fan tutti for Bury Court Opera and Opera Lyrica, Micaëla Carmen for the Northern Aldborough Festival, Mimì La bohème for Woodhouse Opera and The Merry Opera Company, Musetta La bohème for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic), First Lady Die Zauberflöte for Ryedale Festival Opera, Adina L’elisir d’amore for Woodhouse Opera and Sāvitri Sāvitri and Alison Wandering Scholar at Grimeborn Festival.
Jenny has extensive recital and oratorio experience, performing 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 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 studies privately under Susan Roberts in London and previously undertook a BMus at King’s College, London, ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. Her studies have been kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust.