Elissa Johnston, soprano

elissa johnston photoHailed by Musical America for “her voice pure and ethereal, her expression embracing and heartfelt,” Elissa Johnston has appeared in a wide range of repertory.  She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Oregon Bach Festival and the San Francisco Contemporary Players.  She recently made her Lincoln Center debut singing Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes with the New York City Ballet, and was invited back to premiere ‘Morgen!’, a set of 10 orchestral songs by Richard Strauss choreographed by Peter Martins.  Ms. Johnston has also performed at the New York Philharmonic’s Copland Festival and Lincoln Center’s Stravinsky Festival.  Recital appearances include the Aldeburgh Festival in England and the Aspen Festival’s Winter Music Series with composer Ricky Ian Gordon.  Her operatic roles include Pat Nixon in the world premiere of John Adams’ concert suite from Nixon in China entitled ‘The Nixon Tapes’, Pamina in ‘The Magic Flute’, Female Chorus in Britten’s ‘Rape of Lucretia’, and Marzelline in concert performances of Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’.   With the Los Angeles Opera, Ms. Johnston has appeared in Il Trovatore, The Marriage of Figaro, and Il Ritorno d’Ulise in Patria.  She can be heard on numerous film soundtracks, and is the featured soloist on the soundtrack of the IMAX release “Deep Sea 3D”, composed by Danny Elfman, and released on Sony Classics under the title ‘Serenada Schizophrana’.