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James Johnson

James Johnson, baritone, is internationally renowned with engagements at, among others, Metropolitan, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Liceu Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Chicago Lyric Opera and Teatro Colon Buenos Aires. He is also a concert soloist in great demand and has sung with Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Wiener Symphoniker. James Johnson’s repertoire is wide ranging from the Baroque to contemporary music. He is known primarily for his interpretations of the helden baritone roles of Wagner and Strauss, among those Wotan and Wanterer in Ring des Nibelungen, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Telramud in Lohengrin and Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten. In addition he is equally at home in French and Italian repertoire, having performed Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, both the Gounod and Berlioz Mephistopheles, Monteforte in I Vespri Siciliani, Amonasro in Aida and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. He has gotten acknowledgement for his work in recent years with the music of Alexander Zemlinsky. James Johnson is a recurrent guest at festivals such as Bayreuth Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, Festival d’Automne, the Ravienna Festival and the Aspen Festival. He has performed with many of the well-known cundoctors of this era, among others James Levine, James Conlon, Michael Gielen, Georges Pretre, Donald Runnicles, Michael Schønwandt and Christoph von Eschenbach. With these he has recorded DVDs and CDs of several works, primarily Ring des Nibelungen (Decca), Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphonie (Arte) and Penthesilea by Othmar Schoeck.

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