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Photo: Jonathan Bosworth

Donna Lennard

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Despina
Cosi fan tutte (in English) (Mozart)
Cooper Hall Emerging Artists
2015

Contemporary Opera

Soloist & ensemble
Liquid History (Sarah Dacey)
Gestalt Arts
2017
Scientist
Unsung Heroes of the Planet (Cameron Dodds)
Gestalt Arts
2017
Duke
Hurricane Zoo (Benjamin Tassie)
Gestalt Arts
2017
Edna Krabappel
Mr Burns (Orlando Gough and Mike Henry)
Almeida Theatre
2014
Catfish
The Catfish Conundrum (Edward Lambert)
The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête 2014
2014
Alice
Airborne (Cecilia McDowall)
Nova Music Opera
2014
Yellow Bile
The Anatomy of Melancholy (Benjamin Tassie/Finn Beames)
bodycorps
2014
Selene
Tycho's Dream (Luke Styles)
Glyndebourne
2014
Frog
How the Whale Became (Julian Philips)
The Royal Opera House
2013

Musical Theatre

Charlotte
A Weekend in the Country (Sondheim/Bernstein)
Cooper Hall
2016
Female Singer
May Contain Food (Orlando Gough)
Protein Dance
2016

Oratorio/Concerts

Soloist
Requiem (Giuseppe Verdi)
Chester Bach Singers
2018
Solo concert
Songs and Sounds; Exploring Contemporary Music (Various)
Independent
2017
Madame Viardot
Salon Musical (Faure & various)
Salon Musical
2016
Soprano Soloist
Natural History (Judith Weir)
Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2016
Soprano Soloist
Anxiety Fanfare and Variations (Jocelyn Pook)
Tête à Tête
2015
Soloist
Messiah (Handel)
Bradford Festival Choral Society
2014
Soloist
Exsultate, jubilate (Mozart)
Skipton Building Society Camerata
2014
Soloist
Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini)
Skipton Building Society Camerata
2014
Soloist
Symphony no.9 (Beethoven)
Chester Music Society
2014
Soloist
Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan-Williams)
Chester Bach Singers
2013

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

I never travel (Argento)

By Jonathan Bosworth

By Jonathan Bosworth

By Toby Maloy

By Toby Maloy

Donna Lennard as Alice, and Henry Manning as Johnny (by Colin Dunkerley)

Donna Lennard as Catfish, and Mark Beesley as Lord Goodman (by Claire Shovelton)

Donna Lennard as Despina, 2015 (photo by Fay Goodridge)

Donna Lennard as Frog (by Catherine Ashmore)

Donna Lennard as Yellow Bile (by Lydia Garnett)

Donna Lennard in 'Hurricane Zoo', 2017. Photo by Claire Shovelton

'May Contain Food' 2016

"Donna Lennard sang marvellously – with exemplary enunciation, fearless technique, vivid word-painting and palpable commitment. In short, she was magnetic." Colin Anderson, Classical Source (2016)

"Donna Lennard sings a succulent, carnivorous aria to meat" Judith Mackrell, The Guardian (2016)

"Of the numbers, Agnes' arietta, a prayer "O Agnes, martyr fair" is the opera's main theme and provides a thread that repeatedly weaves in and out of the overture. The theme is particularly attractive and was sung endearingly by Donna Lennard who projected the character of Agnes particularly well throughout the performance and soared effortlessly in her legato phrases." Raymond J Walker, Seen and Heard (2015)

Opera Works
English National Opera
2012–2013
Artist Masters in Vocal Studies (MPerf)
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
2010–2012

Donna Lennard grew up in Bedford, and completed a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Distinction in 2012. She participated in ENO’s Opera Works 2012/13, and has since established herself a strong, passionate and multi-skilled performer, particularly within contemporary music.

Her operatic roles include Frog/Ensemble in 'How the Whale Became' (Philips, ROH), Selene in 'Tycho’s Dream' (Styles, Glyndebourne), Alice in 'Airborne' (McDowall, Nova Music Opera), Despina in 'Così fan tutte' (Cooper Hall Emerging Artists), Yellow in 'The Anatomy of Melancholy' (Tassie/Beames, bodycorps), Catfish in 'The Catfish Conundrum' (Lambert, The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête), Susanna in 'The Marriage of Figaro', Frasquita in 'Carmen', and 'Pamina' in The Magic Flute (Opera Loki).

In concert, Donna has performed Judith Weir’s 'Natural History' with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square, as a soloist in Jocelyn Pook’s 'Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voice' for Tête à Tête, and performed excerpts from Edward Loder’s opera 'Raymond and Agnes' with the Bath Philharmonia at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Her oratorio experience includes Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Chester Music Society in Chester Cathedral, 'Exsultate, Jubilate' (Mozart) and 'Petite Messe Solennelle' (Rossini) with Skipton Camerata, 'Messiah' (Handel) for the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and 'Requiem' (Verdi), 'Elijah' (Mendelssohn) and 'Dona nobis pacem' (Vaughan Williams) for the Chester Bach Singers.

Other stage work includes performing in the UK tour of 'May Contain Food' with dance company, Protein, and the role of Madame Viardot in Salon Musical, a project initiated by pianist Marc Verter that recreates French salon concerts from the late 19th Century.

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