British soprano Jennifer France makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Witness 1 / Singer 1 / Woman 1 (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere).
France studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, where she won prizes including the Patron’s Award (which led to her Wigmore Hall recital debut) and the Principal’s Prize. She is a former Samling Scholar and won the Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Engagements include Marzelline (Fidelio) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) for Garsington Opera, Ophelia (Dean’s Hamlet) for Glyndebourne on Tour, First Niece (Peter Grimes) for Wiesbaden State Theatre, Controller (Flight) and Adele (Die Fledermaus) for Opera Holland Park, Dalinda (Ariodante) and Giulia (La scala di seta) for Scottish Opera, the title role in Semele for Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Opera North, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) for Nederlandse Reisopera and La Comtesse Adèle (Le Comte Ory) for Dorset Opera Festival.
France’s concert appearances include performances with Classical Opera, Hallé Orchestra, Israel Camerata, London Handel Players, La Nuova Musica and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and at the BBC Proms. Her recordings include Debussy songs with Malcolm Martineau (Hyperion) and Elgar’s Une Voix dans le désert with Mark Elder (Hallé).
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Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.