Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert
ARGENTO - I never travel without one
JENNI PINNOCK - The blessing of the road-born child
"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)
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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