Eleanor Garside, originally from Oldham in Lancashire, is a graduate of the University of Manchester, the Royal Northern College of Music and English National Opera’s professional development course Opera Works. She has been a recipient of the Dame Lees Award, the Proctor Gregg Prize, the Richard Newitt Fund Award, the Claire Croiza Prize for French Song, the Frederic Cox Prize for Singing and was a finalist in the Elizabeth Harwood Award at the RNCM. Since graduating, she has won second prize in the AESS Patricia Routledge Prize for English Song, been a semi-finalist in both the Royal Overseas League Vocal Competition and the Mozart Competition and a finalist in the Emmy Destinn Competition.
Eleanor has performed the roles of Yum Yum (The Mikado), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Atalanta (Xerxes), Jano (Jenufa), Helene (Koanga), Papagena and First Boy (The Magic Flute). She has covered the roles of Pamina (The Magic Flute) for Young Opera Venture, First Niece (Peter Grimes) and Tebaldo (Don Carlo) for Grange Park Opera. She is also a regular member of Grange Park Opera and Wexford Festival Opera choruses.
A frequent performer with choral societies, Eleanor is passionate about the oratorio repertoire. Recent performances have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Bolton Choral Union, Handel’s Messiah in Lincoln Cathedral with the Cathedral Choir, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Ellesmere Port Choral Society and Bach’s St John Passion with Beverley Chamber Choir.