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Samuel Johnson

Baritone

Biography

Australian baritone Samuel Johnson joins The Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2014/15 Season.

Johnson was born in Nambour, Queensland, and studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. He was a recipient of the R.J. Hamer Opera Scholarship with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Roles while he was at the Conservatorium included Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Gianni Schicchi, Pandolfe (Cendrillon), the title role in a staged production of Saul, John Styx (Orphée aux enfers), Taddeo and Silvio (Pagliacci), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Peter (Hänsel und Gretel). Roles elsewhere have included Nick Shadow (The Rake's Progress) at the Brisbane Festival under Alex Ingram.

Concert performances include appearances with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and as a guest artist at a Puccini gala concert with Simon O'Neill. His awards include the Dr Francesco Castellano Operatic Italian Award, the Mostyn Hanger Opera Award for Saul and Gianni Schicchi and the Sunshine Coast Performance Scholarship.

Upcoming productions

  • Meet the Young Artists Week: Performance

    Cast as Dormont

    The Jette Parker Young Artists present a fully staged performance in the Linbury Studio Theatre, in one of the most popular highlights of Meet the Young Artists Week.

  • Un ballo in maschera

    Cast as Silvano

    Katharina Thoma directs a new production of Verdi's tragedy of illicit love, loyalty and betrayal.

  • Madama Butterfly

    Cast as Imperial Commissioner

    East meets West with devastating effect in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s production of Puccini’s poignant opera.

  • La traviata

    Cast as Baron Douphol

    Verdi’s tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.

  • Guillaume Tell

    Cast as Leuthold

    Damiano Michieletto makes his UK debut with a new production of Rossini's final opera and greatest masterpiece.

News and features

  1. Five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014

    Five new singers to join the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in September 2014

    Programme offers tailored coaching and instruction for promising singers at the start of their career.