"Witton hit the stratospheric heights with sparkle"

 

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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."

 

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Jennifer Witton was awarded the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gold Medal while studying at the Opera School on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Sarah Pring.  More recently Jennifer was the inaugural winner of the By Voice Alone competition 2019.  After singing Noble Orphan Der Rosenkavalier and Cugina Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she performed the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon for Glyndebourne Touring Opera 2018 and also made her Glyndebourne Festival debut performing Cendrillon in Summer 2019.  Most recently, she covered and rehearsed the role of Gilda for the Glyndebourne Tour 2019 and next on the agenda is covering the role of Michaela Carmen for English National Opera. 

Other operatic highlights include: Euridice (cover) for the Royal Opera House’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, directed by Michael Boyd and conducted by Christopher Moulds; Soprano soloist (cover) for Raymond Gubbay’s One Night in Vienna; and covering Donna Rinaldo (Handel) and Chocholka The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Additional role highlights include: Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor for The Opera Box at the Thames Festival; Rosa Isabella (Leith) for ROH/ GSMD; Page Le roi malgré liu (Chabrier) for Wexford Festival Opera; Girl Carousel (Rodgers) for Opera North; Lauretta Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) for Fulham Opera; and Lucia Rape of Lucretia (Britten), Eleonora Le donne curiose (Wolf-Ferrari) and Aphrodite Phaedra (Henze) for GSMD Opera.

On the concert platform, Jennifer has performed as a soloist in a staged performance of Bernstein’s MASS at the Royal Festival Hall, directed by Jude Kelly, under the baton of Marin Alsop.  She has also given many recitals at including recitals alongside William Vann and Simon Lepper for the Royal Over-Seas League, a concert of French mélodie with Iain Burnside at St Endellion Festival and Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch at Barbican Hall with Lana Bode.  She has also performed at Cadogan Hall, Chichester Festivities, London Song Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lake District Summer Music International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall. 

Jennifer is passionate about theatre and has recently played The Narrator in La boîte à joujoux (Debussy) at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews and the Bedford Square Literary Festival with future performances planned. Jennifer has debuted with the Royal Shakespeare Company performing Juno in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Barbican Theatre, London, directed by Gregory Doran with music by Paul Englishby. 

A Concordia artist, Jennifer has enjoyed much competition success; most recently winning  the 2019 By Voice Alone competition, the 2018 John Kerr English Song Award, 2017 Roderick Lakin Memorial Award and 2017 Grace Keagy Award. She has also received prizes at the Maggie Teyte Competition, North London Festival of Music, Emmy Destinn Awards, AOESS Awards, Hampshire Singing Competition and was delighted to be selected as a Britten-Pears Young Artist, studying French repertoire with Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Roger Vignoles.

Jennifer’s discography includes: Voices of London, a newly commissioned song cycle with pieces by Graham Ross, Raymond Yiu, Joseph Atkins and James Lark; and Music and Speeches, produced by the RSC with music from their 2016-17 production of The Tempest. 

© 2019 by Jennifer Witton

Photos by SJCharlesworth Photography

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