Recipient of the 2013 George London-Norma Newton award, 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes and has given stunning recital debuts at Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago.
Following performances at The Metropolitan Opera last season as Mercedes, Emilia, Wellgunde and Waltraute, Ms. Cano looks forward to debuts as Meg Page in Falstaff and Bersi in Andrea Chenier at The Met during the 2013-2014 season. Ms. Cano serves as an Honorary Artist Member of the Metropolitan Opera Young Associates Program throughout the season. Other operatic debuts include The Sharp Eared Fox in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Moest in May and Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in collaboration with the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Desert Song Festival in February 2014. She bows as Diana in Cincinnati Opera’s La Calisto in July and an exciting debut with the Boston Lyric Opera is slated for April of 2015.
As part of Ms. Cano’s continued interest in music of the 20th and 21st century, she sang the world premiere of Mason Bates’ Afterlife with the Phoenix Symphony in January of 2013 and premiered John Harbison’s Crossroads at SummerFest in La Jolla in August. In September she sang Berio’s Folksongs with Eighth Blackbird for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. She debuts with the Baltimore Symphony performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and performs in recital at both Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and in Philadelphia for the Chamber Music Society with recitals and master classes at Rice University, University of Arizona, Webster University, and in Peterborough, NH.
In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with tenor Paul Groves was released by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s in September 2012 as well as a series of DVD’s devoted to Robert LePage’s Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera, in which Ms. Cano portrayed the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde. Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. At the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill September Song at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and earned her bachelor's degree in Music from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University.
"Ms. Johnson Cano is effortlessly likable, but in both her voice and her manner there is also a hint of something steely, even intimidating. Character - individuality, a taste for risk - is the attribute some find lacking in young American singers, but Ms. Johnson Cano has it: an honesty and assurance so impressive that you want to call it bravery." - The New York Times
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