Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis is a graduate of the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School and a Harewood Artist at the English National Opera where her roles have so far included Contessa “Le nozze di Figaro” and Micaëla “Carmen”.
Highlights in her 2016/17 season include Contessa for her debut with Scottish Opera and Helena in staged performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Aldeburgh Festival.
On the concert platform, her engagements include Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (CBSO, dir. Andrew Manze), Beethoven's “Christus am Ölberge” (Bamberger Symphoniker, dir. Rolf Beck), Britten’s “A Spring Symphony” (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, dir. Cornelius Meister & BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, dir. Ilan Volkov), “Elijah” (Three Choirs Festival), Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse” (Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Sir András Schiff), Elgar's “Une Voix dans le Désert” (CBSO, dir. Andris Nelsons), Beethoven's “Egmont” (BBC Philharmonic, dir. Juanjo Mena), Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” (Three Choirs Festival) and Strauss' “Vier Letzte Lieder” (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Martyn Brabbins). She has also appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Vladimir Jurowski, the Early Opera Company, dir. Christian Curnyn and the Swedish Radio Orchestra, dir. Daniel Harding.
Her appearances at the London Handel Festival first brought her to prominence, and it was in the title role of “Rodelinda” that she made her first major break-through. The critics were unanimous in their praise. Fiona Maddocks, reviewing her performance in “The Observer”, wrote “she has a marvelous future. I'm not sure I can ever remember one who so obviously deserves to be a star”. In the 2012 Festival she appeared as Costanza “Riccardo Primo” prompting Hugh Canning to call her “a big talent” and, in 2013, she returned to the Festival to sing Oresia in a performance of Telemann's “Orpheus” with Ian Page and Classical Opera (of which she is an Associate Artist).