Elissa Johnston ("Blanca") - Lyric Soprano
Hailed recently by the Los Angeles Times as "an exciting soprano on the verge of something big", Elissa Johnston has appeared in a wide range of repertory. Her orchestral engagements include season-opening performances of Nielsen's 3rd Symphony with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as appearances with the Atlanta Symphony under Yoel Levi, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony, and the San Francisco Contemporary Players. She has performed numerous times with the L.A. Philharmonic's New Music Group, most recently singing Jonathan Harvey's Song Offerings with conductor Steven Stucky. She also appeared with the group under composer/conductor Tan Dun, and at the Ojai Festival, with conductors Daniel Harding and David Zinman. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 1999 singing Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet and returned to Lincoln Center in May of 2001, premiering Morgen!, a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins. Ms. Johnston also appeared in the New York Philharmonic's Copland Festival and Lincoln Center's Stravinsky Festival. Her recital appearances include programs at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and at the Aspen Festival's Winter Music Series with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. Also in Aspen she sang the role of Pat Nixon in the world premiere of John Adams' concert suite from Nixon in China entitled The Nixon Tapes, with the composer conducting. Upcoming engagements include the Mozart version of Messiah with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the new Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Ms. Johnston's recent operatic engagements include Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Snape Proms in England, the role of Female Chorus in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Aldeburgh October Britten Festival, and Marzelline in concert performances of Beethoven's Fidelio at both the Aspen Festival, and with the Wheeling Symphony. With L.A. Opera, she has appeared in Il Trovatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. Ms. Johnston also performed the role of Brigitta in concert performances of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta with the L. A. Philharmonic, led by Valery Gergiev.