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Jeni Bern Soprano

Born in Glasgow, Jeni graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and from the opera course of the Royal College of Music. The winner of numerous college prizes, including the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, a Countess of Munster Award and for two consecutive years, the President Emerita Award.

On the concert platform, Jeni has sung the Teixera Te Deum with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in Macao, Cupid King Arthur with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort in the Bergen Festival, with Trevor Pinnock in the Stour Festival, with the Bach Choir and Sir David Willcocks, Haydn's Creation in Spain with Sir Neville Marriner, and with countless choral societies throughout the UK. She is a regular guest soloist in the London Handel Festival. She has also televised for BBC1 Scotland, broadcast for BBC Radio 3 & 4 and recorded for Naxos.

Her stage roles have included the title role Deidamia and Sigismondo Arminio for the London Handel Festival, Atalanta Serse for the Early Opera Company, for the RCM the title role The Cunning Little Vixen and Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream, Narcissa Philemon und Baucis (Haydn) with Trevor Pinnock, Dalinda Ariodante in the Covent Garden Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Adina L'Elisir d'Amore in Cambridge.

In 1997/8 she sang Susanna The Marriage of Figaro for English Touring Opera, made her Royal Opera House debut as Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, returned to ROH to sing Blumenmadchen Parsifal, sang Elissa Tolomeo with Nicholas Kraemer and recorded a new CD of Handel and Purcell with Crispian Steele Perkins for Carlton Engagements in 1998/99 including Christa The Makropoulos Case for Scottish Opera Go Round, Messiah with Rudi Lutz in Switzerland, the Beethoven Missa Solemnis and the Bruckner Te Deum, and a UK tour of Vivaldi by Candlelight.

Jeni Bell stepped in at short notice to sing the first soprano solo part in Mozart's C Minor Mass with Wokingham Choral Society on 28th March 1999.