Lina Johnson – sopran
She attained her musical education from the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, The Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen, and the Opera Academy in Copenhagen. She recieved the Léonie Sonning talent prize in 2008. Her dedication to chamber music and lied repertoire was rewarded with 2nd prize in the Kokkola Nordic Lied competition in Finland in 2007, and a nomination for the Wigmore Hall Kohn Opera Voice Fellowship in 2011. In 2012 she was a finalist in the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition. In 2010 she was picked out for the Mozart recidency at the Aix-en-Provence festival.
Lina Johnson made her operatic debut at Copenhagen Opera, The Royal Danish Theatre, as NAJADE in Robert Carsens’ Ariadne auf Naxos in 2009, and has since done the roles of CONSTANCE in Dialogues des Carmelites, MUSETTA in La Bohème, DESPINA in Così fan tutte in this theatre. The season 2012/13 she performed the role of KÖNIGIN DER NACHT at Opera Sør in Norway, made her debut at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo as ADÈLE in Die Fledermaus, performed the role of GENOVIEFFA in Suor Angelica and covered LAURETTA in Gianni Schicchi at the Royal Danish Theatre. The 13/14 season included ADINA in L´elisir d´amore at the Oscarsborg Opera in Norway, VESPETTA in Telemanns’ Pimpinone at the Norwegian National Opera, Händel’s Messiah with Århus Symphony Orchestra, and FRASQUITA with the Trondheim Symphonic Orchestra.
The 2014/2015 season include GILDA in Rigoletto with the Oscarsborg Opera, a concert with the repertoire of the famous castrato singer Farinelli, world premiere of Steingrimur Rohloff’s danish opera Babel at Hofteatret in Copenhagen, ROSINA in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Norwegian National Opera, and Bach kantatas BWV 159, BWV 197 and Magnificat BWV 243 in D-Major with the Aalborg Symphonic Orchestra.
The 2015/16 season will include ADELE in Die Fledermaus with the Oscarsborg Opera, OSCAR in Un Ballo Maschera at the Opera Nordfjord, KÖNIGIN DER NACHT at the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, as well as a gala concert for Bergen National Opera. The roles of CLORINDA/Cenerentola, ADELE/Fledermaus and AMINA/La Sonnambula at venues to be announced.
Starting off with the role of DESPINA in Guy Joosten’s Cosi fan Tutte at the Royal Danish Opera in 2011, Lina Johnson has embarked on an operatic carreer performing soubrette and lyric coloratura roles and lighter belcanto repertoire, as well as concert repertoire like Mozart concert arias, Händel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana. She has been described with a natural stage presence and a beautiful, clear and expressive lyric coloraturavoice.
|Ariadne på Naxos||Najade||Den Kongelige Opera i Köpenhamn||24.11.2009|
|Lulu||En 15-årig flicka||Den Kongelige Opera i Köpenhamn||21.11.2010|
|Cosi fan tutte||Despina||Den Kongelige Opera i Köpenhamn||11.10.2011|
|Il Trittico||Syster Genoveva||Den Kongelige Opera i Köpenhamn||18.3.2012|