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Ben Johnson

Winner of a Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2008, and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent in 2011, the tenor Ben Johnson represented England in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2013, winning the Audience Prize. A former English National Opera Harewood Artist, he is currently Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, and Artistic Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival which he founded in 2010. He has recently sung Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Bergen Nasjonale Opera, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) at Opera Holland Park, Carlo (Giovanna d’Arco) at the Buxton Festival, Oronte (Alcina) with The English Concert, Alfredo (La traviata), Tamino (The Magic Flute), and Nemorino (The Elixir of Love) at English National Opera, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, ENO, and Opéra national de Bordeaux, Novice (Billy Budd) at Glyndebourne, and Martin (Copland’s The Tender Land) at Opéra de Lyon. On the concert platform, he has sung Idamante (Idomeneo) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Symphoniker, Nielsen’s Fynsk foraar (Springtime on Funen) at the BBC Proms, Evangelist in the St John Passion and St Matthew Passion with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and The Bach Choir respectively, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang with the Orquestra Gulbenkian, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings with the Residentie Orchestra The Hague and, at the BBC Proms, English Chamber Orchestra, and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital he works regularly with Graham Johnson and Tom Primrose, performing at the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, City of London Festival, Rosenblatt Recitals, and Kings Place. On his album of Britten’s Canticles, released in 2013 to major acclaim, Ben Johnson was accompanied by James Baillieu, another regular partner.

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