Winner of the Loveday Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Jennifer France graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won many prizes, including the prestigious Patron’s Award that resulted in her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize at graduation for exceptional all-round studentship in Summer 2013. She is currently studying with Lillian Watson.
For Royal Academy Opera her roles included Héro Béatrice et Bénédict, Lisetta La vera costanza, Madame Herz Der Schauspieldirektor, Papagena Die Zauberflöte and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos. Further engagements have included Marzelline Fidelio for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Winterthur Festival, First Niece Peter Grimes for Opera North, Le Feu / Le Rossignol L’enfant et les sortilèges with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Marjory Making Arrangements for Tête-à-Tête Opera and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride for
British Youth Opera.
Jennifer France has an extensive concert repertoire, performing in many venues across the UK including Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s, Smith Square, King’s Place, The Sage, Gateshead, and Wigmore Hall. Her recordings include a recital of songs by Debussy with Malcolm Martineau for Hyperion.
Last season she returned to Opera North as Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride and made debuts with Opera Holland Park as The Controller Flight and, in concert, with the Hallé, the Oxford Philomusica, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and the Really Big Chorus.
Current engagements include Dalinda Ariodante and Despina Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera, Sisamma Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos for the Nederlandse Reisopera, returns to the Hallé and Raymond Gubbay Ltd, her debut with the Israel Camerata and New Year concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North.