'Jennifer Johnston has one of the most generous and beautiful voices in the business'
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, Wagner, Britten and Elgar. Winner of multiple awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year, she is closely associated with both the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, with whom she won Recording of the Year at the Gramophone Awards 2022 for Korngold's Die Tote Stadt, 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 twice appearing at the First Night of the Proms on BBC TV, 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 the Milanese premiere of Britten's The Turn of the Screw at La Scala.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Enterprise Award, supporting her participation in Harvard University's Women In Leadership programme. She is a member of the Liverpool City Region Music Board and the Chair of its Heritage & Tourism sub-Board, a creative producer (including Bitesize Proms, LibFest Jersey, Notes From Musicians' Kitchens), a contributing writer for publications including Opera Now, the Stage, the Guardian and London Book Review, and a broadcaster and 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 high-quality music teaching in schools. She frequently gives coaching, masterclasses and workshops to individuals and choirs and in both youth and adult amateur and professional music settings.
Jennifer was delighted to accept the Recording of the Year Award at the Gramophone Awards on behalf of the Bayerische Staatsoper for Korngold's Die Tote Stadt. This is a huge honour for everyone involved in the production, especially as it is the first audio-visual recording in the history of the Gramophone Awards to win this most coveted of trophies.