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. Jenny was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2015, making her debut at the Wigmore Hall. She previously undertook a BMus at King’s College, London, ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and now studies under Susan Roberts in London.

In 2017, Jenny looks forward to performing the role of Pied Piper (Jonathan Willcock’s The Pied Piper of Hamelin) with Opera North Children’s Chorus, Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) with East London Opera and covering the role of Frasquita (Carmen) for The Grange Festival.

Jenny has performed as a soloist in the Barbican Centre, St Martin-in-the-Fields, York Minster, Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg, Real Academia de Bellas Artes, Madrid and for the Spitalfields Music Festival and Chipping Campden Music Festival. 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 of 1610.

Jenny’s operatic roles include Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) in the Cadogan Hall, Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) with Bury Court Opera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with Heritage Opera, Micaëla (Carmen) for the Northern Aldborough Festival, Mimì (La bohème) with Merry Opera Company, Musetta (La bohème) for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic) and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Grimeborn Festival.

Jenny’s studies were kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust.