Kaitlyn Johnson

SOPRANO

"JANE'S ARIA"
Riders of the Purple Sage
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Kaitlyn Johnson

Often celebrated on the operatic stage for her "powerful and dramatic soprano," Ms. Johnson completed two seasons as a Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artist from 2018-20, highlighted by back-to-back mainstage leading roles as Musetta (La bohème) and Jane Withersteen (Riders of the Purple Sage) in the 2020 season.

Arizona Opera
Marion Roose Pullin Studio Artist, 2018-20
Indiana University
Master of Music (Vocal Performance) , 2017
Rice University
Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) , 2015
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"QUANDO M'EN VO"
La bohème

Schedule

Spotlight Series R...
Soloist

Arizona Opera, 2020


Carmen
Frasquita

The Atlanta Opera, 2018

Riders of the Purp...
Jane Withersteen

Arizona Opera, 2020

La bohème
Musetta

Arizona Opera, 2020

Don Giovanni
Donna Anna

Indiana University, 2017

Florencia en el Am...
Florencia

Indiana University, 2016

Biography

American soprano Kaitlyn Johnson is an artist to watch in operatic repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Ms. Johnson completed two seasons as a Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artist from 2018-20, highlighted by back-to-back mainstage leading roles as Musetta in La bohème and Jane Withersteen in Riders of the Purple Sage in the 2020 season. Other Arizona Opera role highlights include Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers, Doris Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, and Fiordiligi in the studio production of Così fan tutte. Other recent significant debuts include the Phoenix Symphony and Atlanta Opera. Often celebrated on the operatic stage for her "powerful and dramatic soprano," (The Bloomington Herald-Times), Ms. Johnson is the recipient of the Handel Award from the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2018), an Encouragement Award from the MONC Auditions (2017), the Georgina Joshi International Fellowship from Indiana University (2016) and the Farb Family Outstanding Graduate Award from Rice University (2015). She is a graduate of Indiana University (MM) and Rice University (BM, cum laude), and is an alumnus of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, Aspen Opera Center and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy. Ms. Johnson is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
"Johnson has a strong dramatic voice and the kind of acting skills that showed her character's growth from one scene to the next...(she) can be expected to sing dramatic roles in larger houses." ("Arizona Opera 2019-20 Review: Riders of the Purple Sage: Kaitlyn Johnson Leads Fantastic Revival of This Timely Western")
— Operawire

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