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Schubert Song Prize at the London Song Festival (2016)
"There were also stellar performances from Ben Durrant in the role of Don Ottavio and Eleanor Penfold, singing the role of Donna Anna, who duetted with beauty and delicacy." Jon Blunt for Daily Info Oxford (2018)
"Eleanor Penfold est une séduisante Bergère" Laurent Bury for Forum Opéra (2017)
"Eleanor Penfold steps from the chorus to sing an exquisite aria calling for peace at the end of Act 3, a still point in the action and one of the evening’s most beautiful moments." -Janet Banks for IOCO Kultur im Netz (2017)
"Eleanor Penfold use avec agilité de sa voix légère et flûtée en Naïade et en Bergère." - Damien Dutilleul for Olyrix (2017)
"Eleanor Penfold, depicting stream and shepherdess (don’t ask), provided an enchanting high point in the first act." - Cara Chanteau for The Independent (2017)
“Eleanor Penfold proves radiant as the Phrygian Woman and Venus" - Sam Smith for Music OMH (2017)
“There’s some stylish singing...with Eleanor Penfold (Venus) floating through one of Rameau’s most delectable melodies.” - Richard Morrison for The Times (2017)
Winner of the 2016 Schubert Song Prize at the London Song Festival, exciting young soprano Eleanor Penfold is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music where she was a Ruth West Scholar supported by the Josephine Baker Trust.
Last season, Eleanor performed the roles of Naïade and Bergère in Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé at the Opéra Bastille, Paris; Thérèse (cover) and une dame élégante in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, directed by Stephen Unwin for the Royal College of Music International Opera School; and Clori (Acis and Galatea) under Lawrence Zazzo at Snape Maltings. Other operatic engagements include Liam Steel’s production of Hänsel und Gretel and Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos directed by James Bonas.
A passionate interpreter of contemporary vocal music, Eleanor created the role of Titania in Benjamien Lycke's & Mahlon Berv's PUCK and has performed song cycles by Thea Musgrave and Dominick Argento.
On the concert platform, Eleanor has sung solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte-Cécile, and Handel’s Messiah.
The 2017/18 season sees Eleanor make her debut with English Touring Opera performing the role of Venus in Rameau’s Dardanus, Soprano 2 solos in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, as well as recitals of music by Prokofiev at Regents Hall and St Pancras Church in London, and a Schubertiade for the Schubert Society.
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