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Jennifer Johnston

The young 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 including Second Prize in the Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition, two Susan Chilcott Scholarships and a Wingate Scholarship.

Jennifer's engagements in the 2013-4 Season include Hedwige/Guillaume Tell in a new production at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lady de Hautdesert/Gawain with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins for Birtwistle's 80th Birthday, Mrs Sedley/Peter Grimes in Beijing, Mrs Noye/Noye's Fludde with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Brabbins, Bruckner's Mass No.1 with the Bayerische Rundfunks/Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Hong Kong Philharmonic/Van Zweden, the world premiere of Payne's orchestration of Vaughan Williams' Four Last Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Vänskä at the BBC Proms 2013, Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the ORR/Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Lucerne, Missa Solemnis with the CBSO/Ex Cathedra, Copland's In the Beginning with the BBC Singers/Hill, Mahler 3 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Mandeal at the Enescu Festival, Mahler's Second Symphony with both the Philharmonia at the Three Choirs Festival and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius with both the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Choir, Mozart's Requiem with both the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, Handel's Messiah with the English Concert/Bicket, Haydn's Paukenmesse with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Durufle's Requiem with the Britten Sinfonia/Cleobury, Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen at the London Song Festival, and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with the Prince Consort.