Soprano Michelle Johnson has been praised for her “extraordinary breath control and flawless articulation. Her voice is velvety and pliant – a dulcet dream.” In upcoming seasons, Johnson will make her debut with Opera Columbus and Knoxville Opera singing the title role in Aida.
In the 2016/17 season, Johnson made her debut with the Columbus Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, returned to Lyric Fest for the “I Hear America Singing” concert, and sang Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Sarasota Opera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Landmark Orchestra.
Engagements from past seasons included Leonora in Il trovatore at the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West at the Kentucky Opera, Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos and the title role in Aida at the Sarasota Opera, the title role in Manon Lescaut and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Mimi in La bohème at the Annapolis Opera and PORTopera, Aida at the Glimmerglass Music Festival and Opera Santa Barbara, Leonora and Alice Ford in Falstaff with Opera in the Heights, soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Philharmonic, an all French Opera concert with Maestro Michel Plasson in Montpellier, France, soprano soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem with the Juneau Symphony, and an all Verdi concert with The Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov. Johnson also performed the title role in the rarely performed Sakuntala with Teatro Grattacielo to very favorable reviews.
A graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Johnson was seen there as the title role in Suor Angelica, Leonora in Oberto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Capriccio, and Alice Ford in Falstaff. She is also the winner of numerous competitions, most notably the Grand Prize Winner at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation and Giulio Gari Foundation.