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. Highlights of the 16/17 Season include Jenny’s Royal Albert Hall debut as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate, jubilate conducted by Brian Kay, performing the role of Pied Piper (Jonathan Willcock’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin) with Opera North Children’s Chorus and covering the role of Frasquita (Carmen) for The Grange Festival. In the 2017/2018 season, Jenny will perform the role of Annina in Verdi’s La traviata at Longborough Festival Opera and Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for The Merry Opera Company.
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 tutte) 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 and Sāvitri (Sāvitri) and Alison (Wandering Scholar) at Grimeborn Festival.
Jenny has extensive recital and oratorio experience, performing in 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 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.