Michelle Johnson
National Council Winner, 2011
New England First Place Winner, 2011
New England Finalist, 2006 
New England Encouragement Award, 2005                        
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Soprano Michelle Johnson, a native of Pearland, TX, is a third year resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Where she was seen as Sour Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Alica Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff and as Silvana in Respighi’s La Fiamma. She is a graduate of Boston University’s Opera Institute where she was seen as Angèle in BU’s production of Kurt Weill’s one act opera The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as The Moon in Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls and as Lady with a Cakebox in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. Ms. Johnson had the pleasure of singing Gabriel in Haydn’s Creation performed in Boston Symphony Hall and Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem beside bass-baritone Simon Estes in Carnegie Hall with the BU Symphonic Orchestra and Chorus.  She also performed Mozart’s Requiem inCarnegie Hall with the Manhattan Concert Productions conducted by Dr. Ann Howard Jones.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music where she performed in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw as Ms. Jessel.  In 2005 Ms. Johnson was a fellow at Tanglewood Music Center where she worked on the role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with James Levine and performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group.  Ms. Johnson played the role of La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with L’Orchestra da Camera in Boston’s Jordan Hall.  Ms. Johnson made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut as one of the Naked Virgins in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron conducted by James Levine.  She was awarded 2nd place in the 2009 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, the Encouragement Award in the 2009 Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, the 2006 Marilyn Horne Foundation and 2005 Metropolitan Opera New England Regional Finals and in 2003 she was the recipient of the Jan de Gaetani Award at the Orpheus National Vocal Competition

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