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Britten Pears Young Artist (2018)
European Network Opera Academies Young Artist (2018)
Josephine Baker Trust, Royal College of Music (2016)
Ruth West Scholar, Royal College of Music (2016)
Semi Finalist, Royal Overseas League (2019)
Highly Commended, Mozart Song Competition (2018)
Semi Finalist, Royal Overseas League (2018)
Schubert Song Prize at the London Song Festival (2016)
Vocal Finalist, Brooks van-der-Pump English Song Competition (2016)
"Eleanor Penfold has the operatic clout and vocal gymnastics required for the Queen of the Night." -Nicola Lisle for Ox in a Box (2019)
"Eleanor Penfold was a striking stage presence...she had better control and clarity during the infamous coloratura of Der Hölle Rache than some more seasoned singers I have seen..." -Will Frampton for Bournemouth Echo (2019)
"Special mention should go to our Queen of the Night (Eleanor Penfold) for delivering her tricky signature song (which even I recognised) flawlessly." -Matty Czaczkes for The Daily Info (2019)
"The Queen’s indomitable spirit is exemplified in Penfold’s plucky high notes." -George Hall for The Stage (2019)
"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)
"Both Donnas-Eleanor Penfold (currently a Britten-Pears Young Artist) as Anna and the Sydney-trained Alison Manifold as Elvira-had the vocal equipment to dazzle." -Roger O'Neill for Opera Magazine (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)
Praised in Opera Magazine for having ‘vocal equipment to dazzle’, Eleanor Penfold graduated from the Royal College of Music as a Ruth West Scholar. Eleanor was awarded the Schubert Song Prize at the London Song Festival by Dame Felicity Lott.
Eleanor has performed roles with Opéra Bastille in Paris (Naïade/Bergère in Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé), Opera Zuid (Elle in Jan-Peter de Graaff’s Bonsai Garden), English Touring Opera (Vénus in Rameau’s Dardanus and Soprano 2 in Bach B minor) and Waterperry Opera Festival, where she was recognised as a ‘forceful and note-perfect’ Königin der Nacht (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte).
A Britten-Pears Young Artist and Iford New Generation Artist, Eleanor performed the role of Rossignol in an award-winning online production of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges with the London Philharmonic and VOpera.
Eleanor was awarded an honorary Associate Fellowship of Van Mildert College for contributions to the arts while returning to Durham University for their Opera Gala performing as a soloist alongside Sir Thomas Allen.
In 2019, Eleanor founded her ensemble Transposed which has performed throughout the UK. The inaugural concert tour Try Me, Good King was featured in Alternative Classical’s list of “must see” shows, celebrating iconic Shakespearean and Tudor women in stunning Tudor and Elizabethan venues.
An avid performer of contemporary repertoire, Eleanor has enjoyed creating roles for several world premieres and looks forward to performing the role of Girl in a UK tour of Daniel Saleeb's new opera The Promise.
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