Jennifer Hamilton

MMus GRNCM LTCL

Jennifer studied singing at Napier College Edinburgh and the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and was a member of Scottish Opera’s Opera for Youth team, one of the first Arts in Education outreach teams working in the UK at that time. At the RNCM, she studied singing with Sylvia Jacobs and acting with Elaine Bevis and Malcolm Fraser. After graduating, she continued her vocal studies with Robert Alderson and subsequently joined Opera North.

Following this, she taught at the Royal College of Music London, then at the RNCM Department of Vocal and Opera Studies, becoming a Senior Lecturer. There she directed operas for the college, the most notable being Handel’s Tamerlano which won the prestigious Manchester Evening News Award and Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek which has since been publicly acknowledged by the composer as his favourite reading of the piece. Other productions for the RNCM include James Macmillan’s Busqueda which, in association with the composer, was realised as a Stage Production. As a performer and director, she has also had the privilege of working with Giancarlo Menotti and Hans Werner Henze.

Later she also joined the staff at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and was a vocal teacher in the Music Department at Manchester University. She is a visiting vocal lecturer at the Music School in Ghent and is also Director of Opera Productions for the Yorke Trust, Norfolk UK for whom she has directed fifteen operas, including two special commissions, the most recent being Gerard McBurney and Jonathan Keate’s The Airman’s Tale which was premiered in the Imperial War Museum, London. This July, she will be presenting Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Yorke Trust, as part of Britten’s centenary celebrations..

In 2009 she became a full time member of the teaching staff at DIT where she combines her career as a vocal tutor with teaching performance and presentation skills, particularly in the field of opera. Research at DIT has focussed on the singing teacher Frederic Cox and future research plans include investigation into the different methodologies of performance skills training for singers. At DIT Conservatory, she has been responsible for recent Opera Ensemble presentations, including those which won the Charles Wilson Cup at the Dublin Feis Ceoil. For DIT, she also directed a ‘Night at the Opera’ in conjunction with University of Connecticut in 2010 and Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld in January 2011.