'Jennifer Johnston has one of the most generous and beautiful voices in the business'
Universally known as the 'Scouse Diva', celebrated British mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston is a distinguished performer in opera, concert and recital, particularly well-known for her interpretations of the works of Mahler and Elgar. Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year Award 2021, she is closely associated with both the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the latter for whom she was their Artist-In-Residence. A former BBC New Generation Artist, her debut solo album 'A Love Letter To Liverpool' (Rubicon Classics), a deeply personal and affectionate tribute to her native city and the place she calls home, features the iTunes No.1 hit single 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with the RLPO and Choir. Career highlights have included appearing at the First Night of the Proms, performing the iconic role of Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with both the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras, and singing the role of Mrs Grose in Britten's The Turn of the Screw at La Scala. She received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Enterprise Award, supporting her participation in Harvard University's Women In Leadership programme 2021. She is a member of the Liverpool City Region Music Board, the producer of Bitesize Proms, the creator of Notes From Musicians' Kitchens cookbook and presenter of its associated podcast, a contributing writer for publications including the Guardian and London Book Review, and a commentator on the arts for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and Times Radio. A former barrister, she is a passionate advocate for music education and believes that all children should have access to music in schools. She frequently gives coaching, masterclasses and workshops to individuals and choirs and in both youth and adult amateur and professional music settings.
FIRST NIGHT OF THE PROMS
Jennifer is delighted to be appearing as a soloist at the First Night of the BBC Proms, performing Verdi's majestic Requiem with Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and the Crouch End Festival Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall on 15th July 2022, broadcast on BBC TV and BBC Radio 3.