2015-2016 Biography

A naturally gifted singer noted for her profound artistry, commanding stage presence and engaging personality, Jennifer Johnson Cano is a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award winner. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she has given stunning recital debuts with husband and pianist Christopher Cano in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Over the last three seasons, Ms. Cano has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes, Emilia, Hansel, Nicklausse, Wellgunde and Waltraute and debuted as Meg Page in Falstaff and Bersi in Andrea Chenier.  Other operatic debuts included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in collaboration with the Tucson Symphony, The Sharp Eared Fox in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst and Diana in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera.  She has worked with an impressive array of conductors, such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop and Sir Andrew Davis.

This season, Ms. Cano bows as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, Orfeo with Des Moines Opera and as Emilia in The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Otello, directed by Bartlett Sher and under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Orchestral engagements include Verdi’s Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados’s symphonic tone poem, Dante, and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with Monterey Symphony.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, she debuts at Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms’s Zwei Gesänge, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with Thomas Sauer (piano) and Colin Carr (cello), and performs with Christopher Cano at the Morgan Library in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, NH. Summer festival appearances included Dido at Saratoga Opera, Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival and a recital at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.

In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera and The Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Utah Symphonies and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, which was recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society.   A live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde was also released featuring conductor George Manahan, tenor Paul Groves and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble.  At the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill September Song at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong.   In 2014, she released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival, which is completely live and unedited.

Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and earned her bachelor's degree in Music from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University.  

“Her voice seems to come out of a happy nexus of heart, soul and brain that lends an authoritative weight to every note.”  - The New York Times  


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