Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnston

“Jennifer Johnston has one of the most generous and beautiful voices in the business” (Prospect Magazine)

© Gisela Schenker

Introduction

The dramatic mezzo-soprano was named by both BBC Music Magazine and the Observer as “a rising star”, and the Financial Times as the “Face to Watch in Opera”. A former BBC New Generation Artist, she is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Highlight of Jennifer’s engagements in season 2017-18 include, at the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Ciesca Gianni Schicchi /La Maestra della Novizie Suor Angelica in a new production of Puccini’s Il Trittico, and Flosshilde Das Rheingold, Götterdämmerung / Siegrune Die Walküre / Second Norn Götterdämmerung in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, all under Kirill Petrenko. She will also sing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra, both under Franz Welser Möst, with the Spanish National Orchestra and David Afkam, and with the BBCSSO and Thomas Dausgaard; Mahler’s Das Lied Von Der Erde with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Adés’s Totentanz with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Verdi’s Requiem with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Bach Choir and David Hill, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Courtney Lewis. She will appear in recital with Joseph Middleton for BBC Radio 3 at the Northern Ireland Festival of Voice.

Jennifer has performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, LSO, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, Cleveland Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker and with conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Franz Welser-Möst, Sir Andrew Davis, Donald Runnicles, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Alondra de la Parra, Vasily Petrenko, Bernard Labadie, Osmo Vänskä, Kiril Karabits, Juanjo Mena, Dan Ettinger, Vasily Sinaisky, Thomas Søndergård, Thomas Dausgaard, Leonard Slatkin and Harry Bicket.

She has appeared in opera at the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Opera de Lille, Beijing Festival, Baltic Sea Festival, Scottish Opera and Opera North.


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Discography

  • STRAUSS: Die Liebe der Danae More info  

    Label: Unitel

    Release Date: 22 Jul 17

    Salzburg Festival

    Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
    Director and Sets: Alvis Hermanis

    Danae: Krassimira Stoyanova
    Jupiter: Tomasz Konieczny
    Merkur: Norbert Ernst
    Pollux: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
    Xanthe: Regine Hangler
    Leda: JENNIFER JOHNSTON
    Midas alias Chrysopher: Gerhard Siegel
    Four Kings: Pavel Kolgatin, Andi Frueh, Ryan Speedo Green, Jongmin Park
    Semele: Maria Celeng
    Europa: Olga Bezsmertna
    Alkmene: Michaela Selinger

  • La Betulia liberata More info  

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 01 Feb 07

    Music by WA Mozart
    Jeremy Ovenden, Marijana Mijanovic, Julia Kleiter, Franz-Josef Selig, Irena Bespalovaite, Jennifer Johnston
    Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
    Münchener Kammerorchester
    Christoph Poppen

  • Everyman More info  

    Label: Dutton Digital

    Release Date: 01 Nov 04

    Music by Sir Henry Walford Davies
    Elena Ferrari, Jennifer Johnston, Andrew Staples, Pauls Putnin
    London Oriana Choir; Kensington Symphony Orchestra
    David Drummond (conductor)

  • On An Echoing Road More info  

    Label: Linn Records

    Release Date: 02 Nov 09

    http://www.theprinceconsort.com

  • Britten Songs - Vol.2 More info  

    Label: Onyx records

    Release Date: 13 Dec 12

    Malcolm Martineau accompanies Allan Clayton, Jennifer Johnston, Nicky Spence, Benjamin Hulett, Benedict Nelson, Elizabeth Atherton and Robin Tritschler

  • The Prince Consort More info  

    Label: Linn Records

    Release Date: 01 Jun 11

    The Prince Consort: ‘Other Love Songs’, Brahms and Hough

  • The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian: Debussy More info  

    Label: BBC Music/Radio3

    Release Date: 03 Oct 11

    BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales
    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo soprano)
    Thierry Fischer (conductor)

  • Ludwig Thuille: Songs More info  

    Label: Champs Hill Records

    Release Date: 06 Sep 13

    Sophie Bevan (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano)

  • Beethoven: Missa Solemnis More info  

    Label: Presto Classical

    Release Date: 18 Nov 13

    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 12
    Recorded live at the Barbican Hall, London, October 2012
    Lucy Crowe (soprano), Jennifer Johnston (mezzo), James Gilchrist (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass)Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
    Monteverdi Choir
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

  • Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Apollon Musagete More info  

    Label: LSO Live

    Release Date: 24 Apr 14

    Jennifer Johnston (Jocasta), Stuart Skelton (Oedipus), Gidon Saks (Creon), Fanny Ardant (narrator)
    Gentlemen of the Monteverdi Choir
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Sir John Eliot Gardiner

  • Maurice Jacobson: Theme and Variations, The Music Room & Mosaic More info  

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 01 Jun 14

    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Julian Jacobson (piano); Mariko Brown (piano)
    The Music Room, The Song of Songs, The Lord is my shepherd

  • You promised me everything More info  

    Label: Champs Hill Records

    Release Date: 04 Aug 14

    Vocal & choral works by Cheryl Frances Hoad
    One Life Stand (for mezzo soprano and piano);There is no Rose(for soprano,piccolo and bass clarinet)
    Psalm 1 (for choir and organ)
    You promised me everything last night (for soprano, piano 4 hands and cello)
    Beowolf (for mezzo soprano and piano)
    Piano: Joseph Middleton and Alisdair Hogarth

  • ELGAR: Sea Pictures More info  

    Label: BBC Music

    Release Date: 01 Apr 15

    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales
    Francesco Angelico (conductor)
    Recorded live at the Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor, North Wales in November 2014

  • Discoveries More info  

    Label: Albion Records

    Release Date: 30 Sep 16

    by Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Four Last Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Orchestra (orchestrated by Anthony Payne)and other workJennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Martyn Brabbins

  • Remembrance More info  

    Label: Harmonia Mundi

    Release Date: 21 Oct 16

    Duruflé: Requiem, Op. 9 and other works
    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)
    Neal Davies (bass)
    Guy Johnston (cello)
    Matthew Jorysz (organ)
    Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
    Graham Ross

  • Purer than Pearl More info  

    Label: Albion Records

    Release Date: 28 Oct 16

    Songs and Duets by Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano) and various artists

Repertoire

REPERTOIRE

OPERA 

ADAMS

Doctor Atomic Pasqualita

BARTÓK

Bluebeard’s Castle Judith

BATTISTELLI

CO2 Gaia

BELLINI

Norma Adalgisa

BERG

Wozzeck Margret

BERLIOZ

Les Troyens Didon/Cassandre

La Damnation de Faust Marguerite

BIRTWISTLE

Gawain and the Green Knight Lady de Hautdesert

The Last Supper  Ghost

BRITTEN

Albert Herring Mrs Herring

The Rape of Lucretia Lucretia

Peter Grimes Mrs Sedley

The Turn of the Screw Mrs Grose

DVOŘÁK

Rusalka Ježibaba

HANDEL

Agrippina Title Role

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel und Gretel Witch / Mother

JANÁČEK

Jenůfa Kostelnička

Káťa Kabanová  Kabanicha

KORNGOLD

Die Tote Stadt Brigitta

MASSENET

Hérodiade Title Role

NICOLAI

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor Meg Page

POULENC

Dialogues des Carmélites Mother Marie of the Incarnation

PUCCINI

Madama Butterfly Suzuki

Suor Angelica La Principessa / Mother of the Novices

Gianni Schicchi Zita, La Ciesca

PURCELL

Dido and Aeneas Dido/Sorceress

ROSSINI

Guillaume Tell Hedwige

SAINT-SAËNS

Samson et Dalila Dalila

STRAUSS

Salome Herodias

Elektra Klytemnestra

Die Liebe Der Danae Leda

STRAVINSKY

Oedipus Rex Jocasta

The Rake’s Progress Baba the Turk

WAGNER

Das Rheingold Fricka Wellgunde, Flosshilde (Das Rheingold, Die Walkure),

Die Walküre  Fricka Waltraute Siegrune

Götterdämmerung Wellgunde, Flosshilde, Waltraute, Second Norn

Tristan und Isolde Brangäne , Magdalena (Die Meistersinger)

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Magdalena

VERDI

Falstaff Mistress Quickly

CONCERT

ADÈS

Totentanz

BACH

St Matthew Passion, St John Passion,

B Minor Mass, Christmas Oratorio

BERG

Sieben frühe Lieder

BERIO

Folksongs

BEETHOVEN

Symphony No 9, Missa Solemnis, Mass in C

BERLIOZ

L’Enfance du Christ, Le Mort de Cleopatre, Les Nuits d’ete

BRAHMS

Alto Rhapsody

BRITTEN

Phaedra, Spring Symphony,

A Charm of Lullabies

BRUCKNER

Mass no.1 in D Minor, Mass no.3 in F Minor

CANTELOUBE

Chants d’Auvergne

DURUFLÉ

Requiem

DVOŘÁK

Stabat Mater, Requiem

ELGAR

The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures, The Kingdom, The Apostles, Coronation Ode, The Music Makers

HANDEL

Messiah

HAYDN

Arianna a Naxos, Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse

MAHLER

Symphonies 2, 3 and 8, Das Lied von der Erde, RückertLieder , Das Klagende Lied, Kindertotenlieder

MENDELSSOHN

Elijah

MOZART

Requiem, Vesperae solennes de confessore, Coronation Mass

RESPIGHI

Il Tramonto

ROSSINI

Petite Messe Sollenelle, Stabat Mater

SCHUMANN

Faustszenen, Das Paradies und die Peri

SCHOENBERG

Pierrot Lunaire

SHOSTAKOVICH

Jewish songs

STRAVINSKY

Pulcinella, Oedipus Rex

TIPPETT

Child of our Time

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Four Last Songs

VERDI

Messa di Requiem

WAGNER

Wesendonck Lieder