Winner of the Loveday 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 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.
At the RAM, Jennifer France was a member of the Song Circle and was a soloist for the Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series. Jennifer France was also a Samling Artist and before joining the Royal Academy of Music, she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sandra Dugdale. Her studies were kindly supported by the Countess of Munster Music Trust, the Musician’s Benevolent Fund (Sybil Tutton Award) and the ABRSM Postgraduate Scholarship.
At the Royal Northern College of Music, she sang Sandrina L’infedelta delusa and Adele Die Fledermaus and for Royal Academy Opera her roles included Héro Béatrice et Bénédict, Lisetta La vera costanza, Madame Herz Der Schauspieldierktor, Papagena Die Zauberflöte and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos. Further engagements have included 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 Smith’s Square, King’s Place, Sage Gateshead and Wigmore Hall. Her recordings include Debussy Songs – Vol. 3 with Malcolm Martineau on Hyperion CD.
During 2013 / 2014, she made her professional debut as First Niece Peter Grimes for Opera North and sang Marzelline Fidelio for Garsington Opera at Wormsley and at the Winterthur Festival and Israel in Egypt with the Huddersfield Choral Society. Current engagements include The Controller Flight for Opera Holland Park, Dalinda Ariodante and Despina Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi and Esmeralda The Bartered Bride for Opera North , Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos for the Nederlandse Reisopera, Bruckner Te Deum with the Oxford Philomusica, Elgar Une voix dans le desert and New Year Celebration Concerts with the Hallé, Messiah for The Really Big Chorus at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Mahler Symphony No. 8 at the 2016 Three Choirs Festival, Carols by Candlelight and a Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala at the Barbican Hall, London, Lieder and Other Arts Songs (Music by Fauré and Schumann) on tour with the Israel Camerata and New Year’s Eve concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North.