Soprano Eleanor Pennell-Briggs trained as an oboist at both the Royal College of Music and the Norwegian Academy of Music, and then as a singer at Trinity Laban and with Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice. Eleanor was an OperaWorks artist at English National Opera, and now trains privately in London with Neil Baker.
Opera roles have included Juliette (Romeo et Juliette, Gounod), Konstanze (Die Entfuhrung, Mozart), Musetta (La Boheme, Puccini), and Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi, with HGO). Eleanor has also workshopped new works with English National Opera, and covered Sandrine Piau as Dalinda (Ariodante, Handel) for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. With English Touring Opera Eleanor toured to the Philharmonie Luxembourg, creating a new opera for people with special educational needs, and recently returned to her favourite role of Violetta at the Teatro Garibaldi in Sicily. Recently Eleanor sang her first Verdi ‘Requiem’, and performed Mahler’s ‘8th Symphony’ with the Orchestre National de Lille to great acclaim.
Alongside her solo career, Eleanor is an experienced choral singer and works regularly with the choir of St Paul’s Knightsbridge, the BBC Singers and the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singers Scheme, and is a resident carol singer at The Ritz Hotel every December. In her spare time Eleanor is training as a Psychotherapist, and during lockdown completed a postgraduate diploma in Psychology & Neuroscience from King’s College London.