"Witton hit the stratospheric heights with sparkle"
Jennifer Witton was awarded the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal while studying at the Opera School. After singing her first roles for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she made her title role debut in Massenet’s Cendrillon for Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 2018 and the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival. Recently, Jennifer debuted with Longborough Festival Opera as Micaëla in Carmen in a production by Mathilde López, conducted by Jeremy Silver. She also sung the lead role in a workshop and recording of a new opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage and has a passion for discovering new opera and contemporary works. She then returned to Longborough to sing Adina in L'elisir d'amore, a role she will soon revisit at Glyndebourne.
On the concert platform, Jennifer has performed at the Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Chichester Festivities, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Song Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She has worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, John Wilson, Benjamin Gernon, Rainer Hersch, Ben Glassberg, Duncan Ward and Martyn Brabbins. She has given recitals alongside pianists Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside, William Vann, Ben-San Lau, Lana Bode and Graham Johnson.
She has covered and stepped in to rehearse many operatic roles for houses and companies including Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto for Glyndebourne Tour, Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen for English National Opera and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo for the Royal Opera House. Additional highlights include roles for: Wexford Festival Opera, The Opera Box, Jubilee Opera; Opera North, Fulham Opera and Glyndebourne.
Jennifer also has a passion for theatre and debuted with the Royal Shakespeare Company performing Juno in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Barbican Theatre, London. She later toured with a production of “Like Madness is the Glory of Life” performing poetry, prose and Shakespearean song. She has also played the part of the Narrator in La boîte à joujoux (The Toy Box), a ballet score by Debussy touring various venues around the UK.
Jennifer has enjoyed much competition success; most recently winning the 2019 By Voice Alone competition, the 2018 John Kerr English Song Award, the 2017 Roderick Lakin Memorial Award and the 2017 Grace Keagy Award. She has also received prizes at the Maggie Teyte Competition, North London Festival of Music, Emmy Destinn Awards and the AOESS Awards. Her discography includes Voices of London with music by Raymond Yiu, James Lark, Graham Ross and Joseph Atkins and Music and Speeches, produced by the RSC with music from the 2016-17 production of The Tempest with music by Paul Englishby.
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"Witton makes for a graceful central character, who has a natural chemistry with Elénore Pancrazi’s Prince which is particularly evident during their extended love duet and makes for a touching moment."
Jennifer as Micaëla for Longborough Festival Opera 2022.