Jennifer Johnston 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 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 (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 (Sir John Eliot Gardiner/Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique at the BBC Proms and on disc), Mahler’s Second Symphony (De la Parra/London Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Third Symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland Orchestra, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Tate/Hamburg Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (Brabbins/BBC Scottish 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), Adès’s Totentanz (Adès/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harding/Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra), and Pasqualita in Adams’ Doctor Atomic (Adams/BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded for Nonesuch).
She made her solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall accompanied by Joseph Middleton and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. She is a founder member of The Prince Consort, with whom she has recorded for Linn Records, and has appeared in recital at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw and the Aldeburgh Festival. Her extensive discography includes Anthony Payne’s arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins for Albion Records, which she premiered at the BBC Proms (Vänska/BBCSO) and which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Jennifer’s engagements in 2018-19 include La Ciesca (Gianni Schicci) / La Maestra della Novizie (Suor Angelica) in Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Waltraute in Wagner’s Die Walküre (Sir Simon Rattle/Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (Welser-Möst/Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Mahler’s Second Symphony (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Lintu/Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Mahler’s Rückert Lieder (Zinman/Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Kalmar/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Leenaars/Berliner Rundfunkchor, recorded for Sony), Mahler’s Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Collon/Aurora Orchestra), Chausson’s Poème de L’amour et de la Mer (Šedivy/Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra), and she will appear as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s guest artist for their Spirit of Christmas concert series.
Video & Audio
19:30 19 Jul 2019 Royal Albert Hall, LONDON
ZOSHA DI CASTRI Long Is the Journey – Short Is the Memory
ANTONIN DVORAK The Golden Spinning Wheel Op. 109
LEOS JANACEK Glagolitic Mass
Conductor: Karina Canellakis
Soprano: Asmik Grigorian
Tenor: Ladislav Elgr
Bass: Eric Owens
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra