A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Winner, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010. A First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she has given stunning recital debuts in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center.
Following performances at The Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes, Emilia, Wellgunde and Waltraute last season, Ms. Cano debuted this season as Meg Page in Falstaff and Bersi in Andrea Chenier. Other operatic debuts include 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-Moest in May and Diana in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera in June. Summer Festival appearances will be in Bridgehampton and La Jolla with world premiere performances of a chamber music work by Howard Shore. 2014-2015 plans include Hansel, Nicklausse and Mercedes with The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira with Boston Lyric Opera, Mahler II with the Salt Lake Symphony and Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with Marin Alsop and Baltimore, which also includes a live recording.
In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with esteemed orchestras as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. 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.
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
“With the first notes, it was obvious that Cano has a voluminous voice with remarkable agility in her higher range and a molten contralto quality lower down, gliding between these registers with seeming ease.” The Washington Post