Evan LeRoy Johnson

Tenor

“American tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson is quickly gaining attention for his ardently full voice tenor”

– Philadelphia Magazine

Biography

In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Johnson makes his Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Cassio in a new production of Otello conducted by Kirill Petrenko, then debuts at Oper Frankfurt as Don José in Barrie Kosky’s production of Carmen. He also returns to Opera Philadelphia as Rodolfo in La bohème and will debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as the Prince in Rusalka conducted by Robin Ticciati. In concert, he sings his first performances of Steuermann in Der fliegende Holläder with the Milwaukee Symphony conducted by Edo de Waart.

Mr. Johnson recently made his debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Narraboth in Salome, at Opera Philadelphia for his first North American performances as Don José in Carmen and the his role debut as the Prince in Rusalka at Des Moines Metro Opera. He made his German debut and role debut at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater as Don José in a new production of Carmen and sang Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Columbus Symphony. With the Source Song Festival in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, he performed Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with the celebrated pianist Julius Drake. He made a highly-acclaimed European debut at the Norwegian National Opera in Calixto Bieto’s fully-staged production of Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Lothar Koenigs.

Mr. Johnson was heard as Flamand in Capriccio at Opera Philadelphia and returned to the Opera Theater of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist singing Malcolm in Macbeth, as well as his first performances as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Institute. Previously, he studied at the University of Kentucky with Cynthia Lawrence and was Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he has been seen in The Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus), La bohème (Rodolfo), Iolanta (Count Vaudémont), and Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio). In 2015, he received the Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award from the Opera Theater of Saint Louis.

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