"Witton hit the stratospheric heights with sparkle"
"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."
Winner of the prestigious Gold Medal competition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Jennifer Witton began her career at Glyndebourne. Following small roles with the company, she made her title role debut in Fiona Shaw’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon for both the Glyndebourne Tour and Glyndebourne Festival, conducted by Duncan Ward and John Wilson respectively. In recent seasons, highlights include performing Micaëla Carmen and Adina L’elisir d’amore for Longborough Festival Opera, her debut in Strauss’ Vier Letze Lieder with the Covent Garden Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square, Haydn’s Creation with the London Mozart Players at Eilat Music Festival, Israel and workshops with composers Howard Moody and Mark-Anthony Turnage on repertoire for seasons at Glyndebourne and Royal Opera.
Jennifer has covered and rehearsed many operatic roles for various houses and companies. Highlights include Gilda Rigoletto and Adina L’elisir for Glyndebourne, Micaëla Carmen for English National Opera and Euridice L’Orfeo for the Royal Opera House. On the concert platform, Jennifer has performed at the Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London Song Festival and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She has worked with conductors such as Marin Alsop, John Wilson, Ben Gernon, Rainer Hersch, Ben Glassberg, Duncan Ward and Martyn Brabbins. She has given song recitals alongside pianists Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside, Ben-San Lau, William Vann, Lana Bode and Graham Johnson.
With a passion for theatre, Jennifer debuted with the Royal Shakespeare Company performing the role of Juno 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. With a passion for performing contemporary works, her discography includes Voices of London with music by Raymond Yiu, James Lark, Graham Ross and Joseph Atkins and Music & Speeches, produced by the RSC with music by Paul Englishby.
Jennifer has enjoyed much competition success; most recently winning the inaugural By Voice Alone competition, the John Kerr Award, the Roderick Lakin Memorial Award and the 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.
Current engagements include debuting the role of Elle La Voix Humaine (Poulenc) at Edinburgh Festival and concerts of Poulenc Gloria Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Mendelssohn Elijah and Strauss Vier Letze Lieder.
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Jennifer as Micaëla for Longborough Festival Opera 2022.