Biography

Erin Johnson begins her second-year in the Adler Fellowship program as a newly transitioned soprano. She has previously performed on the San Francisco Opera stage as a mezzo-soprano singing the role of Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer and Marta in the production of Mefistofele. Erin was also part of two wold premieres in 2013, which include The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Mark Adamo and The Secret Garden by Nolan Gasser. Other opera roles Erin has performed include Despina and Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Mrs. Soames (Our Town), Virtù (L'incoronazione di Poppea), Zita (Gianni Schicchi) and Katisha (The Mikado).  In addition to her opera repertoire, Ms. Johnson sang as a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589. During her graduate studies at Rice University, Erin was awarded the Margaret Pack Italian Language Study Scholarship in 2012 and has recently received the Shoshana Foundation’s Richard F. Gold Career Grant in 2013. As a participant of the Merola Opera Program she performed various roles such as of Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) and Mab (La jolie fille de Perth) in the Schwabacher Summer concert. In 2009, Erin was accepted into the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program where she was seen in scenes from Roméo et Juliette, Les Dialogues des Carmélites, and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. She is a native of New Jersey and holds two bachelor’s degrees from Cairn University.