Soprano

Eleanor Dennis

Harewood Artist at the English National Opera

© Christina Raphaelle

Introduction

Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis is a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School.

Highlights in her 2017/18 season include Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, High Priestess Aida and Laura Fleet in the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie at the English National Opera and Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park.

She has also sung Contessa Le nozze di Figaro for the English National Opera and Scottish Opera; Ginevra Ariodante for the Salzburger Landestheater and Helena in staged performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Aldeburgh Festival.

Highlights on the concert platform include Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (CBSO/Manze), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland/Macelaru), Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder (RPO/Brabbins), Britten’s Spring Symphony (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra/Meister & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Volkov), Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Paulus (Three Choirs Festival), Elgar’s Une Voix dans le Désert (CBSO/Nelsons) and Beethoven’s Egmont (BBC Philharmonic/Mena) and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse (Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra/Schiff).


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Performance Schedule

 
  • 19:30 01 Mar 2018 London Coliseum, LONDON More info  

    BRITTEN ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Conductor: Alexander Soddy
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Oberon: Christopher Ainslie
    Tytania: Soraya Mafi
    Lysander: David Webb
    Hermia: Clare Presland
    Demetrius: Matthew Durkan
    Helena: Eleanor Dennis
    Bottom: Joshua Bloom
    Quince: Graeme Danby
    Flute: Robert Murray
    Sung: Jonathan Lemalu
    Snout: Timothy Robinson
    Starveling: Simon Butteriss
    Hippolyta: Emma Carrington

  • 15:00 04 Mar 2018 London Coliseum, LONDON More info  

    BRITTEN ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Conductor: Alexander Soddy
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Oberon: Christopher Ainslie
    Tytania: Soraya Mafi
    Lysander: David Webb
    Hermia: Clare Presland
    Demetrius: Matthew Durkan
    Helena: Eleanor Dennis
    Bottom: Joshua Bloom
    Quince: Graeme Danby
    Flute: Robert Murray
    Sung: Jonathan Lemalu
    Snout: Timothy Robinson
    Starveling: Simon Butteriss
    Hippolyta: Emma Carrington

  • 19:30 08 Mar 2018 London Coliseum, LONDON More info  

    BRITTEN ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Conductor: Alexander Soddy
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Oberon: Christopher Ainslie
    Tytania: Soraya Mafi
    Lysander: David Webb
    Hermia: Clare Presland
    Demetrius: Matthew Durkan
    Helena: Eleanor Dennis
    Bottom: Joshua Bloom
    Quince: Graeme Danby
    Flute: Robert Murray
    Sung: Jonathan Lemalu
    Snout: Timothy Robinson
    Starveling: Simon Butteriss
    Hippolyta: Emma Carrington

  • 19:30 10 Mar 2018 London Coliseum, LONDON More info  

    BRITTEN ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

    Conductor: Alexander Soddy
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Oberon: Christopher Ainslie
    Tytania: Soraya Mafi
    Lysander: David Webb
    Hermia: Clare Presland
    Demetrius: Matthew Durkan
    Helena: Eleanor Dennis
    Bottom: Joshua Bloom
    Quince: Graeme Danby
    Flute: Robert Murray
    Sung: Jonathan Lemalu
    Snout: Timothy Robinson
    Starveling: Simon Butteriss
    Hippolyta: Emma Carrington

Discography

 
  • 'Handel at Vauxhall' Vol. 2 More info  

    Label: Signum Classics

    Release Date: 08 Sep 17

    Soprano: Mary Bevan
    Soprano: Claire Bessent
    Soprano: Eleanor Dennis
    Tenor: Charles MacDougall
    Tenor: Nicky Spence
    Tenor: Greg Tassell
    Baritone: Benjamin Bevan

    London Early Opera/Bridget Cunningham

  • 'Handel at Vauxhall' Vol.1 More info  

    Label: Signum Classics

    Release Date: 04 Mar 16

    Soprano: Eleanor Dennis
    Soprano: Sophie Bevan
    Soprano: Kirsty Hopkins
    Tenor: Charles MacDougall
    Tenor: Greg Tassell
    Baritone: Benjamin Bevan

    London Early Opera/Bridget Cunningham

  • 28 Sep 17 VERDI Aida
    English National Opera
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    “Eleanor Dennis (an ENO Harewood Artist) floated sensuously ethereal lines as the High Priestess.”
    John Allison, Opera, December 2017

    “A High Priestess to cherish…the highlight of my evening was the gorgeously sensual singing of fast-upcoming Eleanor Dennis as the High Priestess – let’s hope ENO can nurture her potential wisely.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 29 September 2017

    “The stand-out moment in a variable evening comes during the the temple’s sacred rites, in the ethereal singing by ENO Harewood Artist Eleanor Dennis of the High Priestess’s invocation to the gods of the Nile.”
    Clare Colvin, Express, 09 October 2017

    “Above all, though, it was Eleanor Dennis who sang the house down with a startling turn as a high-pitched High Priestess. She is a major talent.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 29 September 2017

    “…Eleanor Dennis’ lustrous priestess like rays of the sun in the Temple of Vulcan.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bach Track, 29 September 2017

    “Eleanor Dennis, an ENO Harewood Arts, was notable as a Priestess with seductively beautiful tone.”
    Jessica Duchen, The Arts Desk, 29 September 2017

    “Other roles were well sung, notably…the High Priestess (Eleanor Dennis)”
    Michael Church, The Independent, 29 September 2018

    “…the High Priestess (an excellent Eleanor Dennis)…”
    Inge Kjemtrup, The Stage, 29 September 2017

    “Eleanor Dennis briefly had the evening to herself with her magnificently sung High Priestess.”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 28 September 2017 

    “Eleanor Dennis attracted attention as a more prominent than usual High Priestess.”
    Jim Pritchard, Seenandheard, 04 October 2017

     

  • 13 Jun 17 Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Aldeburgh Festival
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    “…the excellent, youthful quartet of lovers [included] Eleanor Dennis (Helena)…
    Hugh Canning, Opera, August 2017

    “…the Athenian lovers and the rude mechanicals were cast from strength, with outstanding vocal contributions from Eleanor Dennis as Helena and Clare Presland as Hermia and bags of vitality from everyone else.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 10 June 2017

    “But my, what a cast was there. Iestyn Davies and Sophie Bevan as Oberon and Tytania, Matthew Rose and Andrew Shore as Bottom and Quince, Clare Presland and Nick Pritchard as Hermia and Lysander, Eleanor Dennis and George Humphreys as Helena and Demetrius… we were spoilt royally.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 10 June 2017

    “Lovers Nick Pritchard, George Humphreys, Eleanor Dennis and Clare Presland remind us just how much young British vocal talent is currently available.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 10 June 2017

  • 17 Oct 16 Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
    Scottish Opera
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    “Eleanor Dennis’ stately Almaviva [is] among the cream of the crop.”
    Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 15 October 2016

    “Eleanor Dennis made the Countess credible and touching; a wounded, nervous and vulnerable woman whose illicit flirtation with Hanna Hipp’s athletic Cherubino was entirely down to loneliness.”
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 14 October 2016

    “…Eleanor Dennis gives a fine sense of the loneliness of one loved, scorned and betrayed…”
    Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 17 October 2016

    “Eleanor Dennis was a revelation as [the] countess. Imperious yet vulnerable, she was quite magnificent in the emotive range of her performance.”
    Tom Kyle, Scottish Daily Mail, 14 October 2016

    “Dennis sings Porgi, amor delightfully, as if a dream, and a ghostlike child passes through the room, personifying the yearning in the aria.”
    Catriona Graham, The Opera Critic, November 2016

  • 29 Jul 15 Beethoven Missa Solemnis
    Three Choirs Festival
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    “Soprano Eleanor Dennis has a strong voice and she proved fully equipped for the Leonora-like demands of her role. Her voice is easily produced, with attractively rounded tone and no trace of shrillness at the top, and she coped with the demanding, high tessitura imperiously.”
    John Quinn, Seen and Heard International, 31 July 2015

  • 21 May 15 Bizet Carmen
    English National Opera
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    “Eleanor Dennis sings the role [of Micaëla] with considerable distinction.”
    Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 21 May 2015

    “Limpid soprano Eleanor Dennis easily transcends her dowdy costume as Micaëla.”
    Mark Valencia, What’s on Stage, 21 May 2015

    “Micaëla is projected by Eleanor Dennis: a tough cookie if not actually a tart.”
    Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 21 May 2015

    “…the excellent Eleanor Dennis’s beautifully sung, interestingly forward and knowing Micaëla.”
    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 20 May 2015

    “Eleanor Dennis’ handbag wielding, selfie-snapping Micaëla proved herself every inch as strong as Carmen in her attempt to win back José…She coped admirably with her difficult aria, displaying a soprano with plenty of colour.”
    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 21 May 2015

    “ENO Harewood Artist, Eleanor Dennis as the more wholesome girl, Micaëla sings lusciously with sweet sorrow in ‘Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante’ in Act III.”
    Mary Nguyen, Culture Vulture, May 2015

    “Eleanor Dennis is superb as an unusually bold Micaela.”
    Claire Colvin, The Daily Express, 24 May 2015

    “Eleanor Dennis was convincing in her portrayal and made a touching Micaëla…her duet with Eric Cutler’s Don Jose was finely done, with moments of humour [and she] rose to fine heights in Micaëla’s Act 3 solo.”
    Robert Hugill, Opera Today, 22 May 2015

    “Eleanor Dennis’s revisionist Micäela did not lack for sweetness of tone, especially during her third-act aria.”
    Mark Berry, Scene and Heard, 01 June 2015

    “Eleanor Dennis projected an unorthodox Micaëla with great gusto…there was no denying her musicianship or range of tonal beauty.”
    Roger Parker, Opera, August 2015

  • 18 Mar 13 Telemann Orpheus
    London Handel Festival
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    “Orasia must have represented to 18th-century audiences roughly what the Queen of the Night signifies to subsequent generations of opera-goers. Eleanor Dennis gave a performance that was powerful, magnificent and terrifying; she gave all the signs that Orasia is only to be crossed at one’s peril. Not the least part of her achievement was her secure handling of the virtuoso lines and the stratospheric notes which Telemann calls for at the most dramatic moments.”
    Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 18 March 2013

    “Eleanor Dennis’s firebreathing Orasia…”
    Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 20 March 2013

  • 05 Nov 12 Vaughan Williams A Pilgrim's Progress
    English National Opera
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    “Dennis in particular makes a memorable ENO debut. Showcased over the past few years in Royal College of Music productions, here the powerful young soprano comes of age, showing just how far she has outgrown the chamber space of the Britten Theatre. Surely we will be seeing much more of her in future.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 06 November 2012

    “Eleanor Dennis’s full-throated Voice of a Bird stands out among the multiplicity of supporting roles.”
    Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday, 11 November 2012

    “The trio of ‘Shining Ones’ in the House Beautiful introduced a trio of promising ENO debuts: Aoife O’Sullivan, Eleanor Dennis and Kitty Whately all in fine voice…”
    Mark Pullinger, Opera Britannia, 06 November 2012

  • 19 Mar 12 Handel Riccardo Primo
    London Handel Festival
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    “Dennis, who reminds me of the young Anne Evans, is clearly a big talent, headed for ENO next season.”
    Hugh Canning, Opera, June 2012

    “Festival-goers will be delighted at the return of Eleanor Dennis as Costanza, whose tone only seems to grow in colour and depth.”
    Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk, 28 March 2012

    “Eleanor Dennis, whom I heard in last year’s London Handel Festival ‘Rodelinda’, is vocally mature with secure top notes.”

    Nahoko Gotoh, One Stop Arts, 29 March 2012

  • 08 Mar 12 Mozart Lucio Silla
    Classical Opera/Page at Cadogan Hall
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    “Eleanor Dennis as Cinna well nigh sung everyone off stage in the vocal radiance, intelligence, poise and polish of her performance.”
    Hilary Finch, The Times, 13 March 2012

  • 14 Mar 11 Handel Rodelinda
    London Handel Festival
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    “Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis singing the title role of the grief-stricken queen. Statuesque and restrained in manner, yet always expressive, she has a voice resplendent in colour, with great reserves of stamina, a rich tone, and the fexibility to deal with all the tricky coloratura Handel throws at her. If all goes to plan, she has a marvellous future. I’m not sure I can ever remember one who so obviously deserves to be a star.”
    Fiona Maddocks, Observer, March 2011

    “Dennis has matured into her stage presence, delivering a performance of serious vocal class that set the curve for her colleagues. Dispatching the likes of ‘Mio Caro Bene’ and ‘Se’l mio duol with emotive skill and silken tone, it was in the punchier coloratura of ‘L’empio rigor’ and the glorious ‘Morrai, si’ that she really showed her quality and new-found control.”
    Alexandra Goghlan, The Arts Desk, 15 March 2011

    “Eleanor Dennis was impressive as Rodelinda from the very start, tragic in her opening scene of two arias, imperious in ‘Morrai, si’, and nobly covering all the emotional bases on her way to a joyful reunion with her husband. Her voice is powerful, characterful, dazzling in all the coloratura, and with a very attractive gleam, and she has that undoubted advantage of being tall, so she has a naturally commanding presence.”
    Peter Reed, Opera Magazine, May 2011″…it was clear from the start that we had a first-class soprano in the title role…Eleanor Dennis has the look and manner of a grand tradegienne.”
    Michael Church, Independent, March 2011″Eleanor Dennis’s fluent Rodelinda rises to an exciting top register.”
    George Hall, Guardian, March 2011″Above all, Eleanor Dennis’s Rodelinda shows how a pure soprano with a sharp edge can make Handel’s music speak.”
    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, March 2011″As the grieving queen, wife and mother, Eleanor Dennis’s…powerful soprano made the eardrums shake…[a] talent to watch.”
    Geoff Brown, The Times, March 2011

Repertoire

BACH
Cantata: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen (BWV 11)
Cantata: Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (BWV 21)
Magnificat
Mass in B Minor
Mass in G Major

BEETHOVEN
Christus am Ölberge
Egmont
Mass in C
Missa Solemnis
Symphony no. 9

BERNSTEIN
West Side Story (Maria)

BIZET
Carmen (Micaëla)

BRITTEN
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)
On This Island
A Spring Symphony
The Turn of the Screw (Governess)

BRUCKNER
Te Deum

DVORAK
Te Deum
Stabat Mater

DYSON
The Canterbury Pilgrims

ELGAR
The Kingdom
Une Voix dans le Désert

FAURE
Requiem

GOUNOD
St. Cecilia Mass

HANDEL
Acis & Galatea (Galatea)
Alessandro (Lisaura)
Alexander’s Feast
Ariodante (Ginevra)
Dixit Dominus
Il Pastor Fido (Amarilli)
Messiah
Rodelinda (Rodelinda)
Xerxes (Romilda)

HAYDN
Harmoniemesse
Nelson Mass
Scena di Berenice

JANACEK
The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox)

MAHLER
Symphony no. 2

MENDELSSOHN
Elijah
Paulus
Symphony No. 2 ‘Lobgesang’

MOZART
Coronation Mass
Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi)
Exsultate Jubilate
Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa)
Lucio Silla (Lucio Cinna)
Mass in C Minor (soprano 1 & 2)
Requiem

OFFENBACH
Orpheus in the Underworld (Diana)

POULENC
Gloria

PUCCINI
La bohème (Musetta)
Turandot (Liù)

PURCELL
Dido & Aeneas (Belinda)
O Come Ye Sons of Art

ROSSINI
Petite messe solennelle

SCHOENBERG
Quartet no. 2

SCHUBERT
Mass in G

JOHANN STRAUSS
Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde)

RICHARD STRAUSS
Elektra (5th Maid)
Vier Letzte Lieder

SULLIVAN
The Mikado (Yum-Yum)
The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel)

VIVALDI
Gloria

WAGNER
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Eva)