Donna Lennard grew up in Bedford, and completed a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Distinction in 2012. She participated in ENO’s Opera Works 2012/13, and has since established herself as a versatile, passionate and multi-skilled performer, particularly within contemporary music.
Her operatic roles include Frog/Ensemble in How the Whale Became (Philips, ROH), Selene in Tycho’s Dream (Styles, Glyndebourne), Alice in Airborne (McDowall, Nova Music Opera), Voice 1 in Voices of the Sands (Betteridge), Despina in Così fan tutte (Cooper Hall Emerging Artists), Yellow in The Anatomy of Melancholy (Tassie/Beames, bodycorps), Catfish in The Catfish Conundrum (Lambert, The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, and Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera Loki).
In concert, Donna has performed Judith Weir’s Natural History with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square, Barber's Knoxville:Summer of 1915 with Bushey Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist in Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Voice for Tête à Tête, and performed excerpts from Edward Loder’s opera Raymond and Agnes with the Bath Philharmonia at the Bath Assembly Rooms. Her oratorio experience includes Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Chester Music Society in Chester Cathedral, Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) with Skipton Camerata, Messiah (Handel) for the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and the Verdi Requiem, Elijah (Mendelssohn), Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams) and In Praise of Mary (Bush) for the Chester Bach Singers.
Other stage work includes performing in the UK tours of The Little Prince, and May Contain Food with dance company, Protein, and the role of Madame Viardot in Salon Musical, a project initiated by pianist Marc Verter that recreates French salon concerts from the late 19th Century. She is the Co-Director of dance theatre company Society of Strays CIC.