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Photo: Benjamin Durrant

Eleanor Penfold

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, French

Opera

Donna Anna
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Waterperry Opera Festival
2018
Thérèse/Tirésias
Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Francis Poulenc)
Royal College of Music International Opera School
2017
Naïade and Bergère
Les Fêtes d'Hébé (J.P Rameau)
L'amphithéatre Bastille, l'opéra national de Paris
2017
Venus and Phrygian woman
Dardanus (J.P Rameau)
English Touring Opera
2017
Nayad
Ariadne Auf Naxos (Richard Strauss)
Royal College of Music
2017
Angels and Chorus
Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck)
Royal College of Music International Opera School
2016
Soloist
Opera Evening (Verdi, Strauss, Puccini, Mozart, Offenbach.)
The Carlton Club
2016
Michal
Saul (G.F Handel)
Royal College of Music
2016
Giunia
Lucio Silla (W. A. Mozart)
Royal College of Music
2016

Operetta/G&S

Yum-Yum
Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan)
Royal College of Music
2016

Contemporary Opera

Titania
P.U.C.K (Mahlon Berv & Benjamien Lycke)
Royal College of Music
2016

Art Song

Soloist
Five poems by Anna Akhmatova (Prokofiev)
Pushkin House
2016
Soloist
The Lullaby Experiments (April Koyejo)
Royal College of Music
2016

Oratorio/Concerts

Soloist
Schubert Song Prize Winner Concert (Berg, Debussy, Strauss, Schubert)
Schubert Song Society
2018
2nd Soprano Soloist
Mass in b minor (J S Bach)
English Touring Opera
2017
Soprano Soloist
Messiah (G.F Handel)
St Mary's Singers, Ewell
2015
Soprano Soloist
The Last Night of the Hever Castle Proms (Puccini, Lehar, Parry, Arne)
Brandenburg Sinfonia
2015
Soprano Soloist
Love & Loss-Solo recital (Various inc. Handel, Bach, Mozart, Britten, Walton)
St Mary's Church, Beddington
2014
Soprano Soloist, alongside Sir Thomas Allen
The Twelve (William Walton)
Durham University Chamber Choir
2013
Soprano Soloist
Mass In G (Schubert)
Stoneleigh Choral Society
2013

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

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)

MPerf in Vocal Performance - Distinction
Royal College of Music
2015–2017
Associate Diploma in Vocal Performance - Distinction
Trinity College London
2013
BA (Hons) in Music
Collingwood College, Durham University
2010–2013

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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