Jennifer France

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Soprano

Jennifer graduated from the RNCM with a first class honours degree and Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) where she studied with Sandra Dugdale. She started at the Royal Academy of Music in September on their Preparatory Opera course and is continuing her studies with Lillian Watson and Iain Ledingham. In September she is joining the Royal Academy Opera with a major award from the Countess of Munster Trust.

Jennifer performed in many RNCM productions including, The Cunning Little Vixen (Young Vixen), L’enfant et les sortileges (La cendre and La Pastourella), Die Fledermaus (Adele) and L’infedelta delusa (Sandrina). She also took the part of the ‘Spirit’ in the Manchester Camerata’s production of Dido and Aeneas as well as performing with the RNCM Baroque Ensemble and New Ensemble. Jennifer won many prizes at the RNCM, including the Cronshaw song cycle prize, the Claire Croiza award for French song and she came second in the prestigious Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize for leavers. Most recently, Jennifer has won the Isabel Jay Prize and the Michael Head Prize at the RAM and is also part of the prestigious ‘Song circle’ and is a soloist for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata
Series. This year Jennifer was also a finalist in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform Competition and took part in a weekend of masterclasses with Graham Johnson as part of the Young Songmakers Almanac and in May became a Samling Scholar, participating in a week of masterclasses with Della Jones, John Mark Ainsley and Paul Farrington.

Last summer, Jennifer spent most of her time in Buxton where she performed in both the Opera Festival and International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. She performed in Luisa Miller, The Barber of Baghdad and Idomeneo in the chorus, as well as performing the role of Geraldine in Barber’s short chamber opera ‘A Hand of Bridge’ for the Buxton Opera Festival. She also took the role of Kate in ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’ with the G&S Opera Company for the International G&S Festival.

Jennifer is equally at home on the Oratorio platform having performed as the soprano soloist for many choral societies around the country. Forthcoming engagements include Handel’s Israel in Egypt with Laurence Cummings as part of the London Handel Festival and she will also be returning to Buxton in the summer for both the Opera and G&S Festivals.

Jennifer is kindly supported by the Josephine Baker Trust and the Nan Copeland Scholarship at the RAM.