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Johnston, Jennifer (mezzo-soprano)
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Jennifer Johnston (mezzo-soprano)

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.' A former BBC New Generation Artist, she has appeared in opera at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala and Salzburger Festspiele amongst others.

A prolific concert performer, she has performed Mahler’s works with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including his second symphony (Hrusa/Philharmonia, Zinman/Vienna Symphony, V. Petrenko/Royal Philharmonic & Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lintu/Finnish Radio Symphony, De la Parra/London Philharmonic), third symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland, Mäkelä/Oslo Filharmonien, Vänskä/Minnesota, Zinman/Orchestre National de Lyon), eighth symphony (Welser-Möst/Vienna Philharmonic, V.Petrenko/RPO), Rückert Lieder (Zinman/Vienna Symphony, V.Petrenko/RLPO, Sondergard/RSNO), and Das Lied Von der Erde (Pintscher/Barcelona Symphony, Treviño/Euskadi, Marin/Hamburger Symphoniker).

Her other repertoire includes Jocaste in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (Gardiner/Berlin Philharmonic & London Symphony), Verdi’s Requiem (Oramo/BBC Symphony at the First Night of the BBC Proms, Søndergård/Royal Scottish National, Slatkin/Orchestre Nationale de Lyon), Beethoven’s ninth symphony (Welser-Möst/Cleveland, Royal Concertgebouw & Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Hindoyan/RLPO), Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Madaras/Halle, Hindoyan/RLPO, Brabbins/BBC Philharmonic), Elgar’s Sea Pictures (Tate/Hamburger Symphoniker, Slatkin/Irish National Symphony), Adès’s Totentanz (Adès/Royal Concertgebouw, Harding/Swedish Radio Symphony), Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri (Gatti/Accademia Di Santa Cecilia), Schumann’s Faustszenen (Harding/Gewandhausorchester & Vienna Symphony, Schonwandt/Danish Radio Symphony) and Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass (Kanellakis/BBC Symphony at the First Night of the BBC Proms, Letonja/Strasbourg Philharmonic).

She makes regular appearances in recital, most recently ‘Woman: Interrupted’ with Malcolm Martineau at Wigmore Hall. Her extensive discography includes her debut solo album ‘A Love Letter To Liverpool’ (Rubicon) and Payne’s arrangement of Vaughan Williams’s Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Brabbins (Albion), which she premiered at the BBC Proms (Vänska/BBCSO) and which was nominated for a GRAMMY Award.


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