Zoe Johnson is a soprano from Los Angeles, California. The Aspen Times recently praised her for investing “dazzling coloratura soprano in Fire, the Princess and the Nightingale,” in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges, led by Maestro Robert Spano. During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Johnson makes appearances in concert at the Aspen Music Festival, in Candide with The Knights Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Festival and in Street Scene and Don Giovanni with Virginia Opera, as a member of the Virginia Opera Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program.
Ms. Johnson recently originated the title role of Michelle in the world premiere of the musical Intruder at the New York Theater Festival. For her performance, she garnered reviews like: “As Michelle, the lovely and talented Zoe Johnson plays a wide range of emotions, from fragile and victimized, to seemingly ruthless. As the supposed muse for Newell Chancellor, you can understand why he would fall for such a woman… and why it may come back to haunt him” (Roger Gonzalez for LocalTheatreNY.com).
Other recent credits include Lena in Ana Sokolovic’s Serbian chamber opera, Svadba, at the Bard Fisher Center, Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) in concert with the Albany Symphony, and as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Richmond Symphony.
Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, where she studied with renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw. At Bard, she appeared as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the TON Orchestra and Maestro Leon Botstein, as Papagena with the Albany Symphony, and in a concert of premiere works with Ms. Upshaw and the Bard Vocal Arts Program at the Morgan Library in New York City. Ms. Johnson also appeared as Chava in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Hayes (cover and some performances) in Susannah as a Young Artist at Ash Lawn Opera in the summer of 2014.
A lover of music from a very early age, Ms. Johnson made her recording debut at ten, singing major roles on two recordings for Music Theater International: Honk! Jr. (2002) and Dear Edwina Jr. (2002). She also appeared in the short musical film, Pearl (2013), directed by Mary Lambert, which premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival in Spain and continues to screen internationally. She holds the Kenneth Janes Prize in Theatre Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University where she completed her undergraduate work.