Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston
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Jennifer Johnston

Jennifer Johnston Biography (BBC)

Born in Liverpool, BBC New Generation Artist Jennifer Johnston read Law at Cambridge University and practiced as a Barrister, before graduating from the Royal College of Music’s Opera Course with Distinction. She was a member of both the National Opera Studio, where she was sponsored by Opera North, and the Britten Pears’ Young Artists Programme, and she continues to study with Lillian Watson. Named by the BBC Music Magazine as a Rising Star and the Financial Times as the Face to Watch in Opera, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Wingate Scholarship, Second Prize in the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition and two Susan Chilcott Scholarships.

Her operatic engagements have included her debuts at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (Title role/Dido and Aeneas) and the Salzburg Festival (Carmi/La Betulia Liberata, released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon), Wellgunde & cover Fricka/Das Rheingold for Opera North, Dido/ Dido and Aeneas for Opera de Lille and in Madrid, Suzuki/Madame Butterfly, Irene/Tamerlano, Mercedes/Carmen and Hansel/Hansel and Gretel all for Scottish Opera, Giovanna Seymour/Anna Bolena for the Tower of London Festival, Title Role/Agrippina for Cambridge Handel Opera and Mrs Herring/Albert Herring for the Aldeburgh Festival, and Lucretia/The Rape of Lucretia for the Dartington Festival.

She is a member of the Prince Consort with whom she has recently given recitals at the Wigmore Hall including a Stephen Hough world premiere, Brighton Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Perth Festival, a residency and recital at the Aldeburgh Festival, and the release of discs of Rorem, Brahms and Hough for Linn Records.

Recent concert and recital engagements include appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and Opera North, and with the RPO, the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Concert and Akademie Für Alte Musik under Haitink, Slatkin, Spano, Bicket, McGegan and Cleobury. On disc, she has recorded Britten’s song cycle ‘A Charm of Lullabies’ with Malcolm Martineau for Onyx Classics.

Her engagements in the 2011-12 Season include Wellgunde & cover Fricka/Das Rheingold and Waltraute & cover Fricka/Die Walküre for Opera North, Elgar's Sea Pictures with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra & Brabbins, Debussy's Le Martyr de Sebastién with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Fischer, Berg’s 7 Early Songs with the BBC Philharmonic & Bach, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales & Dausgaard, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Hill, Mahler 2 with Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo & de la Parra and also with the Hallé & Hill, Beethoven 9th Symphony with the RPO & Warren Green, Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Van Zweden, two recordings for Champs Hill Records and numerous solo recitals, including at Kings Place with Graham Johnson, at the City of London Festival, and at both the Cheltenham Festival and Opera North with Joseph Middleton.

Her future engagements include her German opera debut, appearances with the BBCSSO, BBCNOW, RLPO and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras and her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with Joseph Middleton.

Jennifer Johnston Biography (Wikipedia)

Jennifer Johnston is an English operatic mezzo-soprano. Born in Liverpool, she studied law at the University of Cambridge and worked in London chambers as a barrister before studying opera at the Royal College of Music (RCM).

A former BBC New Generation Artist, she made her professional debut as Humperdinck's Hänsel for Scottish Opera, followed by her international debuts at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and at the Salzburg Festival as Carmi in Mozart's La Betulia Liberata; a performance which was recorded and released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. She is particularly associated with the Bayerische Staatsoper and its distinguished musical director Kirill Petrenko, where her roles have included Second Norn, Roßweise, Floßhilde, Hedwige and La Ciesca. She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala as Mrs Grose/The Turn of the Screw (Britten) and Gaia/CO2 (Batistelli), and at the Salzburg Festival as Carmi/La Betulia Liberata (Mozart), Lady de Hautdesert/Gawain (Birtwistle), and Leda/Die Liebe Der Danae (Strauss).

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Richard Wagner
Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
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Träume (Wesendonck Lieder)
Gustav Mahler
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert lieder)
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Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert lieder)
Johannes Brahms
2 Songs Op. 91; Geistliches Wiegenlied
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2 Songs Op. 91; Geistliches Wiegenlied
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem: Sanctus and Benedictus; Pie Jesu; Agnus Dei
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Requiem: Sanctus and Benedictus; Pie Jesu; Agnus Dei
Johannes Brahms
Gestillte Sehnsucht, for alto, viola and piano (Op.91 no.1)
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Gestillte Sehnsucht, for alto, viola and piano (Op.91 no.1)
Edward Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
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The Dream of Gerontius
Henry Walford Davies
Everyman (The Commendation / Epilogue)
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Everyman (The Commendation / Epilogue)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mass In D Major Op.123 (Missa Solemnis)
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Mass In D Major Op.123 (Missa Solemnis)
Henry Purcell
An Evening Hymn
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An Evening Hymn
Benjamin Britten
I Wonder as I Wander
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I Wonder as I Wander
Edward Elgar
Sea Pictures
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Sea Pictures
Trad. Ireland, Jennifer Johnston & Joseph Middleton
The last rose of summer
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The last rose of summer
Trad. Ireland, Jennifer Johnston & Joseph Middleton
Down by the Salley Gardens
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Down by the Salley Gardens
Trad. Scotland, Jennifer Johnston & Joseph Middleton
O can ye sew cushions
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O can ye sew cushions
Benjamin Britten
5 Folksong Arrangements
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5 Folksong Arrangements
Trad. Scotland, Jennifer Johnston & Joseph Middleton
Ca' the Yowes
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Ca' the Yowes

Ca' the Yowes

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Trad. Scotland
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At the mid hour of night
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At the mid hour of night
Benjamin Britten
The Birds
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The Birds
Benjamin Britten
A charm of lullabies, Op.41
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A charm of lullabies, Op.41
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op.125 (Choral)
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Symphony no. 9 in D minor Op.125 (Choral)
Robert Schumann
Frauenliebe und leben, Op 42
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Frauenliebe und leben, Op 42
Richard Wagner
Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonck Lieder
Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder
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Kindertotenlieder
Franz Liszt
Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh'
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Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh'
Franz Liszt
Es war ein König in Thule
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Es war ein König in Thule
Franz Liszt
Vergiftet sind meine Lieder
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Vergiftet sind meine Lieder
Franz Liszt
Der du von dem Himmel bist
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Der du von dem Himmel bist
Gustav Mahler
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Urlicht
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Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Urlicht
Gustav Mahler
5 Ruckert Lieder
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5 Ruckert Lieder
Richard Wagner
Wesendonck Lieder
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Wesendonck Lieder
Henry Purcell
Now that the sun hath veiled his light (Evening Hymn)
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Now that the sun hath veiled his light (Evening Hymn)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mass in C major Op.86
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Mass in C major Op.86
Johann Sebastian Bach
Mass in B minor, BWV 232
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Mass in B minor, BWV 232
Anton Bruckner
Mass No.3 in F minor for soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ
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Mass No.3 in F minor for soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Everything's Alright
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Everything's Alright
Ralph Vaughan Williams
4 Last songs
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4 Last songs
Benjamin Britten
Greensleeves
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Greensleeves
Jennifer Johnston
O waly waly
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O waly waly

O waly waly

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Jennifer Johnston
Erbarme dich, mein Gott (St Matthew Passion)
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Erbarme dich, mein Gott (St Matthew Passion)

Erbarme dich, mein Gott (St Matthew Passion)

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Alisdair Hogarth
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Jennifer Johnston
Die junge Nonne
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Die junge Nonne

Die junge Nonne

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Alisdair Hogarth
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Edward Elgar
Sea pictures Op.37 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
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Sea pictures Op.37 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
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Easter at King's
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King's College Cambridge
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Easter at King's

Easter at King's

King's College Cambridge
BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Perth Concert Series: Beethoven's Ninth
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Perth Concert Hall
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BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Perth Concert Series: Beethoven's Ninth

BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Perth Concert Series: Beethoven's Ninth

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BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Opening Night Composer Roots: Beethoven’s Ninth
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Glasgow City Halls
2017-09-21T17:28:38
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BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Opening Night  Composer Roots: Beethoven’s Ninth

BBC SSO 2017-18 Season: Opening Night Composer Roots: Beethoven’s Ninth

Glasgow City Halls
BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic
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Barbican, London
2017-04-25T17:28:38
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BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2016-17 season: John Adams conducts Doctor Atomic

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BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: Bach Mass in B Minor
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Milton Court Concert Hall
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2016
BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: Bach Mass in B Minor

BBC Singers 2016-17 Season: Bach Mass in B Minor

Milton Court Concert Hall

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