Jennifer Johnson Cano is noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre. Winner of a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award, she joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and was the First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions.
Ms. Cano has given more than 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, with recent roles including Bersi in Giordano’s Andrea Chenier, Emilia in Verdi’s Otello, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann, and Wellgunde and Waltraute in Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Other appearances include Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Boston Lyric and Arizona Operas, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Boston Lyric Opera, Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Diana in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera, and Marguerite in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust with the Tucson Symphony. She has worked with conductors including Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck, James Levine, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, Osmo Vänskä, and Franz Welser-Möst. Last season, she made her European debut performing John Adams’s El Niño on tour with Mr. Adams and the London Symphony Orchestra in London and Paris, and with Markus Stenz and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw.
In 2017–18 Ms. Cano portrays Orfeo with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and The Sharp Eared Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in concert with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra in Cleveland, Vienna, and Luxembourg. Orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Handel’s Messiah with the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Atlanta, Phoenix, and Charlotte symphony orchestras; Mozart’s Requiem with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; and Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.