Ben Johnson


Acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, Johnson was formerly an English National Opera Harewood Artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent. 

Passionate about the all areas of performance, his career encompasses the concert repertoire, opera and recital as well as conducting and artistic direction. He is the Founder and Chief Conductor of the Southrepps Sinfonia as well as joint Artisitc Director of the Southrepps Classical Music Festival. He is a professor of singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Recent operatic highlights include Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus for Opera Holland Park, a celebrated run as Alfredo La traviata in a new production, and subsequent revival, by Peter Konwitschny, Tamino in a new production of The Magic Flute by Simon McBurney, and Nemorino The Elixir of Love, all for ENO; Don Ottavio for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, ENO and Opéra National de Bordeaux, Lysander in Britten a A Midsummer Night's Dream for Bergen National Opera, Oronte Alcina in a concert tour with The English Concert, Bénédict Béatrice et Bénédict for Chelsea Opera Group, Carlo Giovanna d'Arco for Buxton Festival Opera, Novice in Michael Grandage's production of Billy Budd at Glyndebourne, Copland's The Tender Land at Opéra de Lyon and productions for Scottish Opera and the Classical Opera Company.

Current and forthcoming releases include Szymanowski's Love Songs of Hafiz and Symphony No.3 with Edward Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for Chandos, a recording of sonnet settings with Graham Johnson for Champs Hill and a collection of Victorian English songs with James Baillieu for Rosenblatt Recitals, recently released by Opus Arte.

Johnson is a dedicated recitalist, performing regularly with Graham Johnson, James Baillieu, Roger Vignoles, and Tom Primrose. With Johnson he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany, Aldeburgh Music, and the duo have recorded songs by Poulenc for Hyperion records. Baillieu accompanied his acclaimed debut album Britten Canticles with Signum Records, and has performed with Johnson at the Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival, Rosenblatt Recitals and Kings Place.