A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Opera Index Winner and a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-10. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes, and has given acclaimed recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.
In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with orchestras including 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. A live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with tenor Paul Groves was released by The Orchestra of St. Luke's in September 2012, as was a DVD set devoted to Robert LePage's Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera in which Ms. Cano portrays the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde. Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. Jennifer Johnson Cano is particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill standard "September Song" at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong at the request of Mrs. Carol 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. She appears with The New York Philharmonic for this concert courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.