Jennifer Witton studied at the Opera School at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, under the tutelage of Sarah Pring, where she was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal award in 2015. Most recently, she has performed the title role in Massent’s Cendrillon for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, given recitals at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sung the roles of Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier and Cugina in Madama Butterfly for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, and performed as a soloist in Bernstein’s MASS at the Royal Festival Hall under the Baton of Marin Alsop.
A Concordia artist, Jennifer has enjoyed much competition success. Most recently she won 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, 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.
Passionate about straight theatre, Jennifer recently played the Narrator in La Boite à joujoux (Debussy) at the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, with future performances planned. Jennifer is also the founder of Word and Tone, a company dedicated to creating pieces of music theatre combining poetry, prose, and song. On the theatre stage, she has debuted with the Royal Shakespeare Company performing the role of Juno in The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon and Barbican Theatre, London, directed by Gregory Doran with music by Paul Englishby.
Other Operatic highlights include covering the role of Euridice for the Royal Opera House production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with director Michael Boyd and conductor Christopher Moulds; Madame Herz in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor for The Opera Box at the Thames Festival; and covering the roles of Donna in Handel’s Rinaldo and Chocholka in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, both for Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Other roles include Rosa Isabella for ROH/GSMD, Page Le Roi malgré Lui for Wexford Festival Opera, Girl Carousel for Opera North, covering the Soprano soloist in One Night in Vienna for Raymond Gubbay, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi for Fulham Opera, and Lucia/ Rape of Lucretia, Eleonora/ Le donne curiose, and Aphrodite/ Phaedra for GSMD Opera.
Highlights on the concert stage have included performances at Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Wigmore Hall, as well as the London Song Festival, Chichester Festivities, and the Oxford Lieder festival.
Jennifer’s discography includes ‘Voices of London’, a newly commissioned song cycle with pieces by Graham Ross, Raymond Yiu, Joseph Atkins, and James Lark. She is also featured on the ‘Music and Speeches’ CD produced by the RSC with the music of the 2016-17 production of The Tempest.
Future engagements include covering the title role in Cendrillon (Massenet) for Glyndebourne Festival 2019, recitals for the Bedford Square Festival and the Royal Overseas League, and a tour with Word and Tone visiting a number of venues around the UK.
A Cambridge Songbook
In a celebratory opening recital three award-winning young singers perform a book of songs by Cambridge composers past and present.
Lessons in Songmaking
Student musicians explore song performance in an open class with acclaimed pianist Andrew West.
Internationally-renowned tenor Robert Murray and pianist Andrew West are joined by actor and poet Seán Street in this unique performance of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey).
Folklore and Fairytales
Two Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden perform songs from Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook.