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Jenni Harper

“Jenni Harper sang with fine focus and strong dramatic presence”
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Biography

Jenni completed the Artist Masters course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2015, for which she was awarded a Distinction. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and studies singing with Kate Paterson.

She recently performed the roles of Vénus, Ombre and Suivante in Rameau's Castor et Pollux for The Rameau Project, directed by Guido Martin Brandis. She also recently stepped up to sing the role of Daughter in James Redwood’s The Moon Hares with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She sang the role of Euridice for I Fagiolini and Music and Theatre For All’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. She also performed the roles of Euridice, La Musica and Speranza for Brighton Early Music Festival’s production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, directed by Thomas Guthrie.

Recent concert highlights include singing solos for Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore with the London Mozart Players; Bach's Magnificat and B Minor Mass with the Academy of Ancient Music; Handel's Samson with Croydon Bach Choir; Orff's Carmina Burana and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Potters Bar Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah with Dover Choral Society; Mozart’s Vesperae de Dominica and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the London Pro Arte Choir and Bach’s Weinachts Oratorium with the Croydon Bach Choir and Eclectic Voices. Jenni has also performed solo recitals of music by Strauss, Fauré and Hahn with Martin Ford (piano) at The Guards Chapel, St Bride’s Church and St Stephen Walbrook.

Jenni is a founder member of the ensemble Ceruleo, with whom she performs solos and duets interwoven with spoken texts to create innovative dramatic performances. Ceruleo were selected for the Young Artist Scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival 2015-16 and have performed as part of the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square as well as singing live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. They created an immersive operatic experience, The Rival Queens with Thomas Guthrie for Handel and Hendrix in London, which they premiered in July 2017. They created the Arts Council funded Burying the Dead, a newly commissioned show about the composer Henry Purcell, which toured around several UK festivals in 2018-20 including the Buxton International Festival and Baroque at the Edge at LSO St Luke’s. Their first album, 'Love Restor'd', featuring music by Purcell and his contemporaries and recorded in partnership with Resonus Classics, was released in December 2022, and their second album, featuring music by Barbara Strozzi, will be released in Autumn 2024.

Jenni is very grateful for the support of the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, the Katy Choules Memorial Trust and The Guildhall Trust.

‘Characterfully sung’ Richard Morrison, The Times and The Sunday Times

‘Jenni Harper brought shining clarity to Vénus’ Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine

‘Jenni Harper sang with fine focus and strong dramatic presence, characterising her various impersonations vividly.’ Claire Seymour, Opera Today

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Handel “I know that my redeemer liveth”