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The young dramatic mezzo-soprano is a BBC New Generation Artist, and was named by BBC Music Magazine as a Rising Star, and the Financial Times as the 'Face to Watch in Opera'. A former Barrister, she is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Second Prize in the Montserrat Caballe International Singing Competition, two Susan Chilcott Scholarships and a Wingate Scholarship.

She has appeared in opera at the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Opera de Lille, the Aldeburgh Festival, Scottish Opera and Opera North, and her roles incude Fricka, Waltraute, Suzuki, Dido, Hansel, Mrs Herring, Giovanna Seymour, Lucretia and Agrippina.

She has performed with many of the world's greatest orchestras, including BBCSO, RPO, Philharmonia, BBCNOW, Halle, English Concert, Akademie fur Alte Musik, BSO, Dallas Symphony, OSESP and BBCSSO, under the batons of conductors including Haitink, Van Zweden, Bicket, Spano, Slatkin, Dausgaard, Fischer, Brabbins, and de la Parra. Her repertoire spans the centuries, from Bach's St Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah, to Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's 2nd and 3rd Symphonies, Ruckert Lieder and Das Lied von der Erde, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius, to Berio's O King, Andriessen's De Staat, and Stravinsky's Pulcinella.

A member of the Prince Consort, she is a noted recitalist, and has appeared at the Cheltenham, City of London, Perth and Aldeburgh Festivals and broadcasts regularly on Radio 3, partnered by Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Alisdair Hogarth and Joseph Middleton. Her growing discography includes Britten Songs with Martineau for Onyx Classics, and Thuille Songs with Middleton for Champs Hill Records (due for release in 2013).

Her engagements in 2012-13 include Lady de Hautdesert in Birtwistle's Gawain and the Green Knight at the Salzburg Festival, concert performance of Wagner's Die Walkure to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth, with the Philharmonia and Sir Andrew Davis, Second Norn in Gotterdammerung at the Bayerische Staatsoper and at the Munich Festival, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex with the LSO for Sir John Eliot Gardiner's 70th birthday, a tour of Europe and the USA, including her debut at New York's Carnegie Hall, of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdis, Haydn Paukenmesse (BBCSSO/Labadie), Handel's Messiah (RLPO/Cummings), Britten's Spring Symphony (BBCNOW/Atherton), Beethoven 9 (BSO/Karabits), Bach's B Minor Mass (Northern Sinfonia), her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with Joseph Middleton broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and numerous recordings for BBC Radio 3, including Britten's Phaedra live in concert with the Ulster Orchestra, a Christmas concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and a live Sunday Morning recital from the Sage in Gateshead with Alisdair Hogarth.

Jennifer Johnston

Mezzo Soprano