Winner of the 2018 Emerging Talent (Singer) Award from the Critics Circle, and with a growing reputation as an outstanding performer of contemporary music, as adept dramatically and physically as she is vocally, Jennifer France, “This living jewel in opera’s crown” (WhatsOnStage) received outstanding critical acclaim for her performances as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne On Tour, which led to an invitation to give the première performance of his And once I played Ophelia with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Similarly, her work with George Benjamin on the première performances of his Lessons in Love and Violence at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (and then at the Dutch National Opera) has led to an invitation to perform his Into the Little Hill at the 2020 Festival Présences Radio France.
During 2018 / 2019, she also sang Her in the UK première of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion with Music Theatre Wales, made her debut at the Salzburg Festival singing Dusapin’s Medeamaterial, created Ice in Stuart MacRae’s Anthropocene for Scottish Opera, and sang Princess Elsbeth Fantasio for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Gerald Barry’s The Eternal Recurrence and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Britten Sinfonia, Mozart’s Women with the London Mozart Players and Viennese Concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements during 2019 / 2020 further include Alice in Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground for the Royal Opera, London, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Scottish Opera, her debut with English National Opera as The Princess in Philip Glass’ Orphée, Beethoven Christ on the Mount of Olives and Christmas Cracker with the Hallé, Messiah with St James’ Baroque, Handel’s Heroines with the Academy of Ancient Music, the première of Stuart MacRae’s Prometheus Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Lammermuir Festival and Mozart in Italy with Classical Opera.
Nominated in the Young Artist Category at the 2017 International Opera Awards, for The Outstanding Achievement in an Operatic Role for the 2017 WhatsOnStage Opera Poll, or The Times Breakthrough Award in Opera at the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Winner of the Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and of a 2014 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, Jennifer France graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won many prizes, including the prestigious Patron’s Award and the Principal’s Prize at graduation for exceptional all-round studentship.
During 2015 / 2016, she was an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera where she sang Dalinda Ariodante and Despina Così fan tutte, returning as The Controller Flight,Giulia La scala di setaand Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos.Her engagements elsewhere have included Marzelline Fidelio for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Winterthur Festival, First Niece Peter Grimes, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride for Opera North, First Niece Peter Grimes at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, The Controller Flight,Adele Die Fledermaus and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos for Opera Holland Park, Florinda Rodrigo for La Nuova Musica in Florence, the title role in Semele at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera at Wormsley,La Comtesse Adele Le Comte Ory at the Dorset Opera Festival and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos for the Nederlandse Reisopera, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Schaunard Award by Place de l’Opera.
Concert engagements have includedMarzelline Fidelio and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Flavio Il Vologeso with Classical Opera, Le Feu / Le Rossignol L’enfant et les sortilèges with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Elgar Une voix dans le désert and New Year Celebration Concerts with the Hallé, Dixit Dominus at the International Handel Festival in Karlsruhe,Messiah with Huddersfield Choral Society, A Concert for the Eve of St Cecilia’s Day with the London Handel Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lieder and Other Arts Songs (Music by Fauré and Schumann) on tour with the Israel Camerata, a Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala at the Barbican Hall, London, Viennese Concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Viennese Whirl with the Orchestra of Opera North. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2017.
Her recordings include Lessons in Love and Violence on Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD and Nimbus CD, DebussySongs – Vol. 3 andVol. 4with Malcolm Martineau on Hyperion CD and Elgar Une voix dans le déserton the Hallé label. Conductors with whom she has worked include Sian Edwards, Jane Glover, Thomas Adès, Douglas Boyd, George Benjamin, Martyn Brabbins, Brad Cohen, Laurence Cummings, Brett Dean, Stéphane Denève, Oliver von Dohnányi, Justin Doyle, Sir Mark Elder, José Miguel Esandi, Antonino Fogliani, Ben Gernon, John Georgiadis, Nicholas Kraemer, Christopher Moulds, Franck Ollu, Ian Page, David Parry, Adrian Partington, Toby Purser, Daniel Raiskin, John Rigby, Jac van Steen, Stuart Stratford and Duncan Ward.