is now firmly established as one of the brightest young talents on the UK opera stage. In March 2018, she made her major house debut, with Dutch National Opera, as Sarah in James MacMillan’s Clemency. Bachtrack.com praised how her ‘soprano soared in Sarah’s ecstatic music with dramatic intensity’.
Jenny Stafford trained at King’s College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and the Dame Eva Turner Award, and at ENO Opera Works and the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto.
In the UK, Jenny Stafford has appeard with: Bampton Classical Opera as Tisbé (Cendrillon) and Eginia (Gli sposi malcontenti); Cadogan Hall as Vitellia; Grimeborn Festival as Alison (Wandering Scholar) and Sāvitri (Sāvitri); Longborough Festival as Annina; Northern Aldborough Festival as Micaela; Opera North as Piper (The Pied Piper of Hamelin); Vaults Festival (Old Vic) as Musetta; and Woodhouse Opera as Adina and Mimi.
In Spring 2020, she sang Despina in English Touring Opera’s production of Cosi fan tutte, and the soprano solo in their staging of St John Passion. She made a number of films for ETO during lockdown.
In Summer 2021, she made a critically acclaimed role debut as Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for West Green House Opera.
Season 2021/22 engagements include: Melissa (Amadigi), Musetta, and Soprano Solo (St John’s Passion) with English Touring Opera; Mimi for Nevill Holt, and Prima Donna (Viva La Diva) at the Buxton International Festival.
In season 2022/23, she made her debut with Welsh National Opera, as Pamina and Papagena, sang Fiordiligi for Wild Arts, and made her role debut as Nedda for West Green House Opera.
In season 2023/24 she will record Elettra for Brunswick Vocal Arts; cover Magda for Opera North and sing Manon Lescaut for English Touring Opera.