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Ben Johnson

Tenor

  • Acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. Johnson is a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, 2011 Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent, and a 2013-2015 English National Opera Harewood Artist. He is the Founder and Chief Conductor of the Southrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He is professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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  • Highlights of the 2015/16 season include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, Nielsen Springtime in Funen at the BBC Proms, Lysander in Britten a A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bergen National Opera, Evangelist in Arvo Pärt Passio with King's College Choir, Bach Christmas Oratorio with BBC Scottish Symphony, Evangelist in St John Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony, Messiah and Tippett A Child of Our Time with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Johnson will also appear in recital at Wigmore Hall as part of their Schubert Song Series.


    Current and forthcoming releases include Szymanowski's Love Songs of Hafiz and Symphony No.3 with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, a recording of sonnet settings with Graham Johnson for Champs Hill and a collection of Victorian English songs with James Baillieu for Rosenblatt Recitals, to be released by Opus Arte.


    Recent opera highlights include a celebrated run as Alfredo La traviata in a new production, and subsequent revival, by Peter Konwitschny, Tamino in a new production of The Magic Flute by Simon McBurney, and Nemorino The Elixir of Love, all for ENO; Don Ottavio for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, ENO and Opéra National de Bordeaux, Oronte Alcina in a concert tour with The English Concert, Bénédict Béatrice et Bénédict for Chelsea Opera Group, Carlo Giovanna d'Arco for Buxton Festival Opera, Novice in Michael Grandage's production of Billy Budd at Glyndebourne, Copland's The Tender Land at Opéra de Lyon and productions for Scottish Opera and the Classical Opera Company.


    Much in demand on the concert platform, Ben Johnson recently performed Britten War Requiem on Remembrance Sunday under Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall, Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri for Festival de Saint-Denis, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the CBSO and Royal Northern Sinfonia, Berlioz Romeo et Juliette with Bergen Philharmonic, Britten St Nicolas and Bach St John Passion with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, St Matthew Passion with The Bach Choir and Residentie Orkest, Bach Magnificat with Britten Sinfonia, and Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed Mendelssohn Lobegesang with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Residentie Orkest and at the BBC Proms. He has worked with such conductors as Sir Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jiří Bělohlávek, François-Xavier Roth, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul McCreesh, Thomas Dausgaard, Francesco Corti, Jérémie Rhorer, Robin Ticciati, Rory Macdonald, Leo Hussain, Stuart Stratford, Harry Bicket and Richard Egarr.


    In recital he works regularly with Graham Johnson. They have performed together at the Wigmore Hall, the Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany, Aldeburgh Music, and have recorded songs by Poulenc for Hyperion records. He maintains a close collaborative partnership with James Baillieu, with the duo performing together at the Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival, Rosenblatt Recitals and Kings Place. Baillieu also accompanied his acclaimed debut album Britten Canticles with Signum Records. Johnson also enjoys fruitful collaborations with pianists Roger Vignoles and Tom Primrose, with whom he has recently performed works by Poulenc, Tosti, and Schumann.

    2015-2016 season / 600 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Season highlights

Nielsen Springtime in Funen
BBC Symphony / BBC Proms


Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Bergen National Opera


Evangelist in Arvo Pärt’s Passio
Kings College Choir


Bach Christmas Oratorio
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


Evangelist St John Passion
RTÉ National Symphony


Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Royal Scottish National Orchestra


Schubert Song Series
Wigmore Hall

Concert repertoire

Bach
Arias & Evangelist St Matthew Passion
Arias & Evangelist St John Passion
Christmas Oratorio
Mass in B Minor
Magnificat
Easter Oratorio
Various cantatas


Beethoven
Mass in C
Symphony No.9
Missa Solemnis
Choral Fantasy


Berlioz
Grande Messe des morts
Te Deum


Britten
Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Nocturne
Les Illuminations
Spring Symphony
War Requiem
Our Hunting Fathers
St Nicolas


Bruckner
Te deum
Masses


Elgar
The Dream of Gerontius
The Apostles
The Kingdom
Caractacus


Finzi
Dies Natalis


Gounod
Messe Solennelle


Handel
Messiah
Israël in Egypt
Samson
Chandos Anthems
Dettingen Te Deum


Haydn
The Seasons
The Creation
Nelson Mass
St Nicholas Mass
Paukenmesse
Kleine Orgelmesse
Stabat Mater


Mendelssohn
Elijah
St Paul
Symphony No.2 ‘Lodegesang’


Mozart
Requiem
Mass in C minor
Vespers
Coronation Mass


Nielsen
Springtime on Funen 


Pärt
Passio


Puccini
Messa di Gloria


Rossini
Messe Solennelle


Schumann
Das Paradies und die Peri 


Szymanowski
The Love Songs of Hafiz
Symphony No.3


Tippett
A Child of Our Time


Verdi
Requiem*


* in preparation

Opera repertoire

Alfano
Christian Cyrano de Bergerac


Beethoven
Jaquino Fidelio 


Bellini
Elvino La Sonnambula


Berlioz
Bénédict Béatrice et Bénédict


Britten
Albert Albert Herring
Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw
Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Inkslinger Paul Bunyan
Male Chorus Rape of Lucretia
Lechmere Owen Wingrave*


Donizetti
Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore
Ernesto Don Pasquale
Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor*


Gluck
Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride


Handel
Grimoaldo Rodelinda
Jephtha Jephtha
Jupiter & Apollo Semele
Oronte Alcina
Bajazet Tamerlano
Acis Acis and Galatea


Mozart
Ferrando Così fan tutte
Don Ottavio Don Giovanni
Tamino Die Zauberflöte
Belmonte Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Idomeneo Idomeneo*


Puccini
Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi*


Stravinsky
Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress


Tchaikovsky
Lensky Eugene Onegin


Verdi
Fenton Falstaff
Cassio Otello
Malcolm / Macduff Macbeth
Alfredo La traviata
Duca Rigoletto*


* in preparation 

Recital repertoire

Beethoven
Various


Britten
On This Island
Winter Words
Seven Michaelangelo Sonnets
Purcell and Harmonia sacra arr.
Canticles 1-5
Most of the Folksong arrangements for tenor and piano and guitar


Denis Browne
To gratiana


Finzi
Oh fair to see
A Young Man's Exhortation


Grieg
Op.48


Gurney
I will go with my father ploughing
Down by the Sally Gardens
Sleep


Hahn
Venezia
Chanson Grises


Haydn
English Songs


Howells
King David
Come Sing and dance


Parry
Shakespeare Sonnets


Poulenc
Bleuet


Quilter
3 Shakespeare Songs
Seven Elizabethan Lyrics
To Julia
Go lovely rose
Music when soft voices die
Love’s philosophy


Schubert
Die Schöne Mullerin
Selections from Schwanenegesang


Schumann
Liederkreis Op.24
Liederkreis Op.39
Dichterliebe
Various songs from Myrthen
Kerner Songs
Various duets


Stanford
La belle dame sans merci


Strauss
Op.10
- 1. Zueignung
- 2. Nichts
- 3. Die Nacht
- 6. Die Verschwiegenen
- 7. Die Zeitlose
- 8. Allerseelen


Op.27
- 4. Morgen


Op.32
- 1. Ich trage meine minne


Op.39
- 4. Befreit


Tippett
Heart’s assurance


Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge
Linden Lea
Silent Noon
Orpheus with his lute
Songs of travel


Warlock
Rest sweet nymphs
Sleep
Take, o take those lips away
Captain Strattons fancy


Hugo Wolf
Morike Lieder (Various)
Goethe Lieder (Various)
Eichendorff (Various)
Spanish & Italian Liederbuchs 

Johnson, elegant yet intense, is impeccable.

Guardian

Ben Johnson’s tour de force as Petrus at the end of the first half (five arias and two recitatives, all practically adjoining) was breathtaking

Music OMH

Ben Johnson exhibits a pure tone and faultless intonation, and his high singing in ‘Die Perlen meine Seele’ (The Pearls of My Soul) is especially memorable.

Classical Source

Intermusica represents Ben Johnson worldwide

Catherine Chan-Murphy
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9903
cchan-murphy@intermusica.co.uk

Martha Hartman
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9921
mhartman@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

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Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles