Stephanie Kim Johnson
Soprano

Soprano Stephanie Kim Johnson is originally from Carmel, California. Her past engagements include Naïad in Persée et Andromède, Emilie in The Dangerous Liaisons, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore. She has participated in master classes held by renowned artists such as mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, soprano Lauren Flanigan, and baritone Sherrill Milnes. Stephanie took part in MSM’s outreach program, DiscoverOpera!, authoring and performing in the original work of Rump(ertink). In the Spring of 2017, MSM’s outreach department asked her back to help write their latest outreach show, The Opera Duckling.

In the past, Stephanie has performed with the Chicago Summer Opera, Savannah Voice Festival, Lyrique-en-Mer Festival, Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera, and Undercroft Opera.

In 2014, Stephanie was a recipient of the Williamson Foundation for Music Grant. Stephanie received a B.F.A in Vocal Performance and B.A. in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with honors. In 2016, she received her M.M. from Manhattan School of Music. Stephanie currently resides in New York City.

Critical Acclaim

The Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček),
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, NYC

"As the fox who wins [the Vixen's] heart, Stephanie Kim Johnson looked every bit the quintessential hipster boyfriend in plaid shirt, afghan, and trilby hat. She complemented her clear, penetrating [soprano] with an arresting warmth in the portrayal of her character. Among the evening's most moving images was that of her putting her arm around the Forester during the closing bars, a final gesture of forgiveness and understanding."

"Stephanie Kim Johnson’s Fox was a subtler presence, all charming awkwardness, with a lithe, ardent soprano that was especially tender in her declaration of love."

Recital,
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, NYC

"Soprano Stephanie Kim Johnson performed a scintillating 'Je veux vivre' from Gounod's Romeo et Juliette [...] Ms. Johnson has a gorgeous instrument and there is no doubt that she uses it well and expressively."

Brigadoon (Lerner & Loewe),
Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Iowa

"[...] it’s love at first sight and sound for the audience experiencing Johnson’s fluid expression as a singer and actor. [...] The outstanding moments, however, belong to Fiona [Johnson] and Tommy. Their chemistry is palpable as they sing their way through falling in love."

Résumé

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Past roles

Role Opera Composer Company Year
Donna Elvira Don Giovanni Mozart Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 2018
Fiona MacLaren Brigadoon Loewe Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2018
Fox The Cunning Little Vixen Janáček Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 2017
Naïad Persée et Andromède Ibert Manhattan School of Music 2016
Emilie The Dangerous Liaisons Susa Manhattan School of Music 2015
Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream Britten Chicago Summer Opera 2015
Servilia La Clemenza di Tito Mozart Undercroft Opera 2012
Liu Turandot Puccini Carnegie Mellon University 2013
Giannetta L’Elisir d’Amore Donizetti Lyrique-en-Mer 2011
Lucinda Into the Woods Sondheim Carnegie Mellon University 2012

Competitions and awards

Williamson Foundation for Music Grant (2012)

Carmel Bach Festival Young Artist Competition (2008)

Coro

Role Opera Composer Company Year
Soprano Turandot Giacomo Puccini Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2018
Soprano The Dangerous Liaisons Susa Manhattan School of Music 2015
Soprano Otello Verdi Lyrique-en-Mer 2012
Soprano La Bohème Puccini Lyrique-en-Mer 2011
Soprano Suor Angelica Puccini Carnegie Mellon University 2011

Training

Coaches Conductors Stage Directors Masterclasses
William Tracy George Manahan Dona D. Vaughn Lauren Flanigan
Robert Kopelson Daniel Kleinknecht Richard Cowan W. Stephen Smith
Claudia Pinza Philip Walsh Annie Shikany Sherrill Milnes
Chris Fecteau David Štech Ashraf Sewailem Vivica Genaux

Education

School Program Year
Manhattan School of Music M.M. Voice Performance 2016
Carnegie Mellon University B.F.A. Music Performance and B.A. Creative Writing - University Honors 2013

Media

Audio

The Poison Aria

From Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod.

Emily's Goodbye Aria

From Our Town by Ned Rorem.

Tu che di gel sei cinta

From Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

Zeffiretti lusinghieri

From Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Video

The Poison Aria

From Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod.

Emily's Goodbye Aria

From Our Town by Ned Rorem.

Tu che di gel sei cinta

From Turandot by Giacomo Puccini.

Zeffiretti lusinghieri

From Idomeneo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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