Praised in Opera Magazine for having ‘the 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 recently 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, most recently in the role of Bessie in David Hackbridge Johnson's Madeleine.
Eleanor is looking forward to performing as a soloist for Stowmarket Chorale alongside the The Tailleferre Ensemble and The Scordatura Collective a second time, celebrating the life and music of Suffragette composer Dame Ethel Smyth.
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