Evan LeRoy Johnson
American tenor Evan LeRoy Johnson is quickly gaining attention for his “ardently full voice tenor” (Philadelphia Magazine) and is currently a graduate student at the Curtis Institute of Music where he studies with Marlena Malas and Mikael Eliasen. In the 2016 – 2017 season, Mr. Johnson made a highly-acclaimed European debut at the Norwegian National Opera in Calixto Bieto’s fully-staged production of Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Lothar Koenigs. He will also make his German debut and role debut at Oldenburgisches Staatstheater as Don José in a new production of Carmen and sing Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Columbus Symphony, as well as perform in recital with pianist Mikael Eliasen at Union College. At Curtis, he will be seen at the Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Last season, he was heard as Flamand in Capriccio at Opera Philadelphia and returned to the Opera Theater of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist singing Malcolm in Macbeth, as well as his first performances as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at the Chautauqua Institute. Previously, he studied at the University of Kentucky with Cynthia Lawrence and was Apprentice Artist at Central City Opera. At the Curtis Institute, he has been seen in La bohème (Rodolfo), Iolanta (Count Vaudémont), and Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio). In 2015, he received the Barbara and Stanley Richman Memorial Award from the Opera Theater of Saint Louis. Future seasons will see him at the Glyndebourne Festival, Zurich Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Bayerische Staatsoper.