Jennifer France (soprano) graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won many prizes, including the prestigious Patron’s Award that resulted in her solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize at graduation in 2013 for exceptional all-round studentship. She has been awarded the Loveday Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, the Bruce Millar/Gulliver Singing Prize in Glasgow and the Song Prize at the Hampshire Singing Competition. She is currently studying with Lillian Watson.
Roles have included Héro (Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict), Sandrina (Haydn’s L’infedeltà delusa), Lisetta (Haydn’s La vera costanza), Madame Herz (Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor), Papagena (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), Adele (Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus) and Zerbinetta (Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos).
Further engagements have included First Niece (Britten’s Peter Grimes) for Opera North, Marzelline (Beethoven’s Fidelio) for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Winterthur Festival, Le Feu/Le Rossignol (Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges) with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Marjory (Charlotte Bray’s Making Arrangements) for Tête-à-Tête Opera. Jennifer is currently performing with Opera North where she is singing Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride) and she is returning to Opera North next season to sing Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Next summer, Jennifer will join Opera Holland Park to sing The Controller in a new production of Jonathan Dove’s Flight before heading to Scottish Opera to join them as one of their Emerging Artists. Jennifer also has an extensive concert repertoire, performing in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, The Sage, Gateshead, and Wigmore Hall.
Jennifer’s debut CD of Debussy songs recorded with Malcolm Martineau has also recently been released with Hyperion records and is available to buy from their website or on iTunes.