In 2013, Ben Gernon won the internationally-acclaimed Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductor’s Award, a unanimous decision by the jury, led by Ingo Metzmacher. Ben’s conducting of Beethoven and Peter Maxwell Davies with the Camerata Salzburg led immediately to an invitation to tour the UK with them in March 2015. As part of the Nestlé Award, Mr Gernon made his debut with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburg Festival conducting Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5. He was appointed a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2013/14 where he assisted on a variety of projects and conducted both Symphonies for Youth and schools’ concerts. His fellowship now complete, he is delighted to return to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August 2016.
Nominated for The Outstanding Achievement in UK Opera for the 2017 WhatsOnStage Awards, for the Most Notable Achievement in Opera in The Netherlands for the 2016 Schaunard Awards, for The Times Breakthrough Award in Opera at the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, Winner of the Song Prize at the 2014 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and of a 2014 Leonard Ingrams Award from Garsington Opera, Jennifer France graduated from the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won many prizes, including the prestigious Patron’s Award that resulted in her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize at graduation for exceptional all-round studentship in Summer 2013.
An Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera, where she sang Dalinda in Ariodante and Despina in Così fan tutte, she has also sung Marzelline in Fidelio for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, The Controller in Flight and Adele in Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Flavio in Il Vologeso for Classical Opera, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi for Opera North and Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos for the Nederlandse Reisopera, as well as appearing in concert with the Hallé, the Israel Camerata, the London Handel Players and at the Three Choirs Festival.
Her current engagements include Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet for Glyndebourne On Tour, the title role in Semele at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro for Garsington Opera at Wormsley, Giulia in La scala di seta for Scottish Opera, as well as debuts with the Royal Opera, London, the Dutch National Opera, the Opéra national de Lyon and the Hamburg State Opera.
Her recordings include Debussy Songs – Vol. 3 with Malcolm Martineau on Hyperion CD.