Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano (Wellgunde) received a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and a 2014 George London Award. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008, and made her Met debut in the 2009–10 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she made recital debuts with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
Ms. Cano has appeared with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Utah symphony orchestras; and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, among others, working with conductors such as James Levine, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Andrew Davis.
This season, Ms. Cano bows as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello at The Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Arizona Opera, and Orfeo with Des Moines Opera. Her orchestral engagements include the Verdi Requiem with Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Kansas City Symphony, and Enrique Granados’s Dante and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody with the Monterey Symphony.
Ms. Cano makes her recital debut at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Brahms’s Two Songs, appears at Houston Da Camera Society with pianist Thomas Sauer and cellist Colin Carr, and performs with Christopher Cano at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City and for Electric Earth Concerts in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Her summer festival appearances have included title roles in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Saratoga Opera and Bizet’s Carmen at the Savannah Voice Festival, and a recital at Boston’s Outside the Box Festival.
In 2014 Jennifer Johnson Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.