Winner of the Schubert Song Prize (London Song Festival), soprano Eleanor Penfold graduated from the Royal College of Music as a Ruth West Scholar.
Eleanor has performed at the Opéra Bastille, Paris (Naïade/Bergère in Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé), with English Touring Opera (Vénus in Rameau’s Dardanus and Soprano 2 in Bach B minor) and with Waterperry Opera Festival (Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni). Other roles include Thérèse and une dame élégante in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias directed by Stephen Unwin, Clori in Acis and Galatea under Lawrence Zazzo at Snape Maltings and Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos directed by James Bonas as well as creating the role of Titania in Benjamien Lycke's & Mahlon Berv's PUCK.
Eleanor is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, ENOA Young Artist and Iford New Generation Artist and was described in Opera Magazine as having ‘the vocal equipment to dazzle’ (Roger Neill). She is also grateful for the support of Talent Unlimited. This year Eleanor returned to Waterperry Opera Festival with a 'forceful and note-perfect' (Opera Magazine, Mark Valencia) role debut as Königin der Nacht (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte). Later this year she will be performing a concert tour of contemporary works across the UK called Try Me, Good King with her newly founded ensemble Transposed and looks forward to performing the role of Elle in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine in Spring 2020.
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