Jenny Stafford (soprano) was born in Huddersfield and studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award. In 2015 Jenny was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, making her debut at the Wigmore Hall. She previously undertook a BMus at King’s College London and sang with ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto; she now studies under Susan Roberts in London.
Jenny has given recitals and concerts in such venues as the Barbican Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg and for the Spitalfields Music Festival and Chipping Campden Music Festival. Solo performances include Handel’s Messiah (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra), 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 of 1610.
Operatic roles include Vitellia La clemenza di Tito and Dido Dido & Aeneas in the Cadogan Hall, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Opera Lyrica, Mimì La bohème for 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’s studies were kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust. In the 2016/2017 season Jenny’s engagements include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with York Musical Society, Mimì La bohème with Woodhouse Opera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni with Heritage Opera, Micaëla Carmen for the Northern Aldborough Festival and a recital at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid.