Ah Non Credea Mirarti Dessay Orpheus

Winner of the 2015 Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s prestigious Gold Medal, British soprano Jennifer Witton continues her studies as a member of the Post Graduate Opera School, where she is a Miriam Licette Scholar.

A vivacious and engaging performer Jennifer made her role début as Ortlinde in Die Walküre conducted by Martyn Brabbins at the St. Endillion Festival, where she also performed a recital of French song with Iain Burnside. Recent highlights include her return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera where she covered the role of ‘Donna’ in Handel’s Rinaldo under the baton of Ottavio Dantone; cover Euridice/La Musica, and ensemble in Monteverdi’s Orfeo for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Rosa in the world première of Isabella, in a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and GSMD; Aphrodite in Henze’s Phaedra at the GSMD; the Page in Chabrier’s Le Roi Malgré Lui for Wexford Festival Opera; understudied the soprano soloist in the UK tour of ‘One Night in Vienna’ with the Johann Strauss Orchestra for Raymond Gubbay; Lauretta Gianni Schicchi for Fulham Opera; Anna 1 in Kurt Weil’s Die Sieben Todsünden at the GSMD; Fleury La Rondine with Opera di Peroni; and Marion Scott A Soldier and a Maker at the Barbican, London.

Winner of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Aria competition, Jennifer is active in both concert and recital, and her repertoire encompasses a wide range of genres, recent performances include Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel at St. Martin in the Fields with Graham Johnson, The Royal Celebration Banquet at the Guildhall Town Hall, London, Ravel’s Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, the première of Peter Foggitt’s ‘Genesis’, Handel’s Messiah and Samson, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Requiem’s by Brahms, Fauré and Mozart. She has performed under the baton of many international conductors including Sir Mark Elder, William Christie, Martyn Brabbins, Ottavio Dantone, James Gaffigan, Paolo Olmi, David Afkam, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Omer Meir Wellber, and Jean-Luc Tinguard.

Future plans include Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, Eleonora in Wolf-Ferrai’s Le donne curiose for the GSMD, ‘French Grand Opera and Melodie’ with Natalie Dessay for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Aldeburgh, a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

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Translation into English by Elise Curran (added 1998-10-04)Ah! non credea mirarti, Amina's aria from La Sonnambula Ah,non credea mirarti Oh, I didn't believe to see you si presto estinto, o fiore; so quickly extinct, o flowers; passasti al par d'amore, you have passed away like love che un giorno sol(o) duro. that one day only lasted. Potria novel vigore Perhaps new life il pianto mio recarti my tears will bring to you ma ravvivar l'amore but to revive love il pianto mio, ah no, non puo. my tears, o no, cannot. Ah, non giunge uman pensiero O, inconceivable human thought al contento ond'io son piena: a wave of contentment I am full: a miei sensi io credo appena; In my feelings I can hardly believe tu m'affida o mio tesor. you assure me, o my treasure(darling). Ah, mi abbraccia, e sempre insieme, O, embrace me, and always together, sempre uniti in una speme, always united in a single hope, della terra, in cui viviamo of the world, we live in ci formiamo un ciel d'amor. we will make a heaven of love. Translation by Elise Curran (RossiniSop@aol.com)
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