Jennifer Johnston


mezzo soprano

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Mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston is a former BBC New Generation Artist, and a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music. She is particularly associated with the Bayerische Staatsoper and its distinguished musical director Kirill Petrenko, AND has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence amongst others. Her roles include Wagner’s Waltraute, Fricka and Erda, Britten’s Lucretia, Mrs Grose, Auntie and Mrs Herring, Puccini’s La Principessa, La Ciesca and Suzuki, and Stravinsky’s Baba the Turk and Jocaste. 

A prolific concert performer, she has performed with many of the world's greatest orchestras and conductors, including Jocaste in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Berlin Philharmonic & London Symphony Orchestras, released as an LSO Live disc), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms and on disc), Mahler’s Second Symphony(Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, De la Parra/London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler's Third Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland Orchestra, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon), Elgar's Sea Pictures (Tate/Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius(Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), Verdi’s Requiem (Gardner/Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Slatkin/Orchestra National de Lyon),Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Gatti/Accademia Di Santa Cecilia), Adès's Totentanz (Adès/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harding/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra), and Pasqualita in Adams' Doctor Atomic (Adams/BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded for Nonesuch). 

She made her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Joseph Middleton and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She is a founder member of The Prince Consort, with whom she has recorded for Linn Records, and has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Aldeburgh Festival. Her extensive discography includes Anthony Payne's arrangement of Vaughan Williams' Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins for Albion Records, which she premiered at the BBC Proms (Vänska/BBCSO) and which was nominated for a Grammy Award.