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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Christopher Cano, piano
Join us as we celebrate Webster University alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, performing in a benefit recital. Jennifer is accompanied by her husband, Christopher.
Jennifer's local performance is a preview of her Carnegie Hall recital in October. This one-night-only event in Saint Louis takes place at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Monday, September 30, at 7.30 p.m.
Jennifer is a native of Jefferson County, Missouri. She was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and then promoted to do her first-ever major professional role as Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffman at OTSL in 2008. Jennifer met her husband at OTSL as well. Her local connections are deep and strong!
Jennifer's recital includes songs of Korngold, Poulenc, and Schubert, in addition to a set of songs from the British Isles and a set of Russian songs. Christopher will also play a work by Glinka.
Concert proceeds benefit the James Moroney Nigh Opera Scholarship fund at Webster University. Tickets are $35 for general seating; reserved seating at $75 includes a champagne reception with Jennifer and Christopher after the concert. Tickets are available from Metrotix or at the door. (As always, all students with valid ID, and any Webster University faculty/staff, are admitted free of charge, but tickets must be requested in advance no later than Thursday, September 26, and collected in person from the Department of Music office by 4 p.m., Monday, September 30. No student or faculty/staff tickets will be available at the door. Call 314.968.7032 to request student or faculty/staff tickets.)
Jennifer Johnson Cano
A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Opera Index Winner and 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes and has given stunning recital debuts at Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago.
In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Orchestra of St. Luke's. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler's “Das Lied von der Erde” with tenor Paul Groves was released by The Orchestra of St. Luke's in September 2012 as well as a series of DVD's devoted to Robert LePage's Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera, in which Ms. Cano portrayed the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde. Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. At the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill September Song at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Following performances at The Metropolitan Opera this season as Mercedes, Emilia, Wellgunde and Waltraute, Ms. Cano looks forward to debuts as Meg Page in Falstaff and Bersi in Andrea Chenier at The Met during the 2013-2014 season. She makes her Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut in October of 2013. Other operatic debuts include Marguerite in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust in collaboration with the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Desert Song Festival in February 2014 and The Sharp Eared Fox in Janacek's Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst in May. She bows as Diana in Cincinnati Opera's La Calisto in July. An exciting debut with the Boston Lyric Opera is slated for April of 2015.
Additional 2013-14 performances are Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vanska and Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop, and a return to the San Francisco Symphony for Beethoven's Mass in C with Michael Tilson Thomas. As part of Ms. Cano's continued interest in music of the 20th and 21st century, she sang the world premiere of Mason Bates' Afterlife with the Phoenix Symphony in January of 2013 and is looking forward to another world premiere by John Harbison at SummerFest in La Jolla. In September, 2013 she sings Berio's Folksongs with Eighth Blackbird for the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago.
Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and earned her bachelor's degree in music from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University.
"Ms. Johnson Cano is effortlessly likable, but in both her voice and her manner there is also a hint of something steely, even intimidating. Character - individuality, a taste for risk - is the attribute some find lacking in young American singers, but Ms. Johnson Cano has it: an honesty and assurance so impressive that you want to call it bravery." - The New York Times
Recital program and artists are correct as of July 31, 2013.