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Jennifer Johnston


Jennifer Johnston won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer Award 2021, in recognition of her “commitment and emotional force…from cherished performances as artist-in-residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to her outstanding work supporting young musicians.”

Jennifer 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 where her roles have included Second Norn Götterdämmerung, Roßweise Die Walküre, Floßhilde Der Ring des Nibelungen, Brigitte Die Todt Stadt, Hedwige Guillaume Tell and La Ciesca Gianni Schicci. She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala (Mrs Grose The Turn of the Screw, Gaia CO2), Salzburg Festival (Carmi La Betulia Liberata, Lady de Hautdesert Gawain, Leda Die Liebe Der Danae), and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Dido Dido and Aeneas), amongst others.

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 (Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms, Carnegie Hall and on disc), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw & Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestras, Gardiner/ORR), Waltraute in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Sir Simon Rattle/Bayerische Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra and on disc), Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Brabbins/BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Dausgaard/BBC National Orchestra Of Wales), Mahler’s Second Symphony (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Hrusa/Philharmonia, V.Petrenko/RLPO, Lintu/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, De la Parra/London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Third Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland Orchestra, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon, V.Petrenko/RLPO), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, K.Petrenko/Bayerische Staatsorchester), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Kalmar/RLPO, Sondergard/Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde (Treviño/Euskadi Orkestra, Marin/Hamburger Symphoniker), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Tate/Hamburger Symphoniker, Hill/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (Brabbins/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hill/Bournemouth 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), Schumann’s Faustszenen (Harding/Gewandhausorchester and Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Schonwandt/Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Adès’s Totentanz (Adès/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harding/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass (First Night of the Proms – Kanellakis/BBC Symphony Orchestra, Letonja/Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra), Britten’s Phaedra (Brabbins/RLPO), Respighi’s Il Tramonto (V.Petrenko/RLPO) and Pasqualita in Adams’ Doctor Atomic (Adams/BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded for Nonesuch).

She makes regular appearances in recital on BBC Radio 3, most recently ‘All About The Girl’ with James Baillieu from Glasgow’s City Halls. Her extensive discography includes the release of her debut solo album ‘A Love Letter To Liverpool’ (Rubicon) and Payne’s arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Brabbins for Albion Records, which she premiered at the BBC Proms (Vänska/BBCSO) and which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her future engagements include Mrs Sedley in a new production of Britten’s Peter Grimes and Brigitte in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Judith in Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Hindoyan and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mahler 3 with Makela and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway and Paris.