Winner of a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program 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 and at The Kennedy Center. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Utah symphony orchestras.
In the 2016–17 season Ms. Cano performs the title role in Bizet’s Carmen at Boston Lyric Opera, the Priestess in Verdi’s Aida at The Met, and Wellgunde in Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert. Other U.S. orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Markus Stenz and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 34 with The Cleveland Orchestra and vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
Jennifer Johnson Cano, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has a winde-ranging discography, with recent recordings including Howard Shore’s A Palace Upon the Ruins, which features her with pianist Lang Lang, the Kronos Quartet, and others. She also appears on the Naxos release of Bernstein’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop. In 2014 Ms. Cano released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival.