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.
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