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Amy S. Johnson

Title: Assistant Professor of Voice (Soprano)
Office: 207 Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr
Tel: 513-556-9559

For over two decades, critics have recognized soprano Amy Johnson as one of America’s finest singing actresses, and she is garnering comparable acclaim as a voice teacher in both private and academic settings.  Her studio has attracted singers from North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Korea.  Many have gone on to study at some of the finest music schools both domestically and abroad, have been awarded international continued study grants, have earned places in Young Artists’ Programs at Sarasota, Saint Louis and Saratoga, and have been winners in both the Corbett and Metropolitan Opera competitions. In addition to teaching voice, Ms. Johnson is co-producer of CCM Undergraduate Opera (Opera d'arte), and was recently named Artistic Director of CCM Summer Opera Studio.  She is active with the National Opera Association and NATS, was recently published in Classical Singer Magazine, has been both co-principal in a production company and co-founder of a summer opera/language program in Italy, and is in frequent demand for masterclasses and artist-in-residencies. 
Ms. Johnson’s repertoire encompasses over two dozen roles ranging from Donna Anna in Don Giovanni to Salome. She has earned special praise for her portrayal of Tosca in over a dozen productions worldwide, notably with New York City Opera on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center. She has performed alongside major international artists with such companies as Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Glimmerglass, New York City Opera, Indianapolis, Portland, Spier Festival South Africa, Palm Beach, Michigan, Arizona, Toledo, Orlando, Virginia, Greensboro, Knoxville, Kentucky, Santa Barbara and others.
Recently Ms. Johnson’s acclaimed portrayal of Salome was aired over Iowa Public Television in a vivid new production by Cedar Rapids Opera, and she was invited to return for a recital broadcast over Iowa Public Radio. Other recent activities include concerts with Orquesta Sinfonica de Xalapa (Mexico), Cheyenne Symphony, and Glacier Symphony Montana, opera galas with the Springfield and Kentucky Symphonies and the CCM Philharmonia (featuring excerpts from Die Walküre and Tristan und Isolde), Tosca for the festival Musica e Musica in Italy, Freia in Das Rheingold co-produced by Indianapolis Symphony and Opera, Handel’s Messiah in both Galion (OH) and Carefree, Arizona, and numerous concert and recital dates centered on the works of Wagner, Verdi, Strauss, Charpentier and Korngold.  Most recently Ms. Johnson created the role of Finola Daley in Sawyer/Erdman’s The Garden of Martyrs, produced in collaboration with the Springfield (MA) Symphony.  Last spring she reprised Jon Chenette’s challenging song cycle Oh Millersville!, based on a series of poems about her native Iowa, at Vassar College.  Upcoming activities include directing Donizetti's Maria Stuarda for Opera d'arte and performing Salome with CCM Philharmonia.  
Ms. Johnson recorded her first solo CD, Amy Johnson – Red, White and Blue: Arias of the Passionate, Pure and Perverse, with the MAV Symphony of Budapest. As entrepreneur, she collaborated with the Kentucky Symphony in creating Twisted Sisters – an evening of “mad scenes” incorporating interactive projected film images in excerpts from Lucia di LammermoorMefistofele and Salome.
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  • BA, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA.
  • MM, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY.