American soprano Kaitlyn Johnson
American soprano Kaitlyn Johnson is a young 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 company’s 2020 season. Her Jane garnered praise for her “strong dramatic voice and the kind of acting skills that showed her character’s growth from one scene to the next” (Operawire). 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. Kaitlyn has enjoyed recent debuts with The Phoenix Symphony and The Atlanta Opera.
"Soprano Kaitlyn Johnson brought a powerful and dramatic soprano to the role of Donna Anna, the woman first debased in the course of the opera's story.
THE BLOOMINGTON HERALD-TIMES
SHE PRODUCED SORROW AND ANGER WITH HER VOICE,
JUST RIGHT FOR A WOMAN AVENGING HER FATHER'S MURDER."
Celebrated on the operatic stage for her "powerful and dramatic soprano," (The Bloomington Herald-Times), Kaitlyn has appeared as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with both Indiana University Opera Theater and onstage at the Estates Theatre in Prague as part of the Prague Summer Nights Festival. As Donna Anna, Kaitlyn was commended for her "rich, dramatic voice that carries and then some" (NUVO Indianapolis). A passionate advocate for Spanish repertoire, Kaitlyn performed the title role in IU Opera Theater’s production of Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas to great acclaim. The Bloomington Herald-Times raved "Johnson carried herself like a diva and produced a voice of range and strength." Ms. Johnson is the recipient of the Handel Award from the Orpheus Vocal Competition (2018), an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council 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.