Soprano - Voice Teacher - Role Preparation -
Career & Life Consultant
Soprano Michelle Johnson, a Grand Prize Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions where she was described as “a clear audience favorite” (New York Times), has been lavished with praise for her “extraordinary breath control and flawless articulation… Her voice is velvety and pliant – a dulcet dream.”
The 2019/2020 season included Miss Johnson’s debut with Chicago Opera Theater as Zemfira in Aleko, a soloist feature performance with Madison Symphony Orchestra, a debut with Waterbury Symphony for their Holiday Pops and a return to Chautauqua to perform Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. During the 2020-2021 season, Ms. Johnson will make her Allentown Symphony, Opera Tampa, Florentine Opera, Opera on the James and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia debuts.
A graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Boston University Opera Institute, and New England Conservatory, she was seen as the title role in Suor Angelica, Leonora in Oberto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Capriccio, and Alice Ford in Falstaff during her educational tenure. In addition to winning a Grand Prize at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Miss Johnson has also graced the winner’s circle of the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, Gerda Lissner Foundation and the Giulio Gari Foundation.
Acting Coach - Role Preparation
Michelle has had the privilege of performing some of the most demanding roles in the operatic repertory, with a special focus on the verismo heroines especially in the works by the great composers Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi. A master of learning new roles for last minute engagements, learn from Michelle the tips and tricks to memorizing, then emodying a role.
Many times young performers don’t have a method for learning. With large numbers of pages in the score and text young performers often become overwhelmed and resort to bad practices and poor retention. Michelle employs a concise method that will help conquer fears on learning any role.
How do you dive deep into your character? One must first learn the character's motivations and how they are moved in each scene.
If you need help developing the craft of role preparation and working on musical preparation, translation, characterization, and style, book a session with Michelle today!
Michelle believes there is no one way of doing things and likes to discover what works for each individual.
Breath for the singer is of paramount importance. Often singers tend to rely on just the vocal cords instead of the entire body. The greatest singers became great not only because of their sound, but because they discovered what made them unique in the industry. Perfect and cookie cutter artists are simply boring.
Singers must take the time to build their vocal technique to find their individuality. Find the balance between control and freedom while keeping communication as number one.
Work with Michelle today and learn to be mindful, present, and thoughtful in your vocal technique and performance!
Career & Life Consultations
Artists often question their readiness for embarking on their career. What are the common fears and difficulties facing a young artist in their personal lives that may affect their future goals? The best thing to do when facing crossroads is to talk with someone who has gone through it.
Michelle has learned over her career that many people will give opinions on what paths to take. Every performer should have a few people with whom they consult to help make important life decisions. Have a conversation with Michelle today and learn how to choose who to include in your core group so that you can make a decision as an individual on the best course of action.
Michelle has also learned over time how to balance her career while enjoying marriage and experiencing the inherent difficulties in motherhood. Can a woman who has gone through childbirth enjoy a successful career? What doors close and do any others open?
Work with Michelle and talk through the many concerns, fears, and questions facing so many young professionals today from someone who has had the same struggles and overcome them!