British-French mezzo-soprano Bernadette Johns is a graduate of Royal Academy Opera, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Oxford. Her opera roles include Der Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos, Concepción in L’heure espagnole, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Tirinto in Imeneo, Jane in the world premiere of WITCH by Freya Waley-Cohen, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Dorabella (cover) in Così fan tutte. She was a finalist in the 2022 Bicentenary Prize at Wigmore Hall and a prizewinner in the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award and the Joan Chissell Schumann Prize. During her studies Bernadette was a recipient of the Sybil Tutton Opera Award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award, the Carr-Gregory Trust Award and the HRH Princess Alice Duchess of Gloucester Prize. Concert highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Oxford and Leeds Lieder festivals, and solos in concerts directed by Trevor Pinnock, Masaaki Suzuki, Rachel Podger, Philippe Herreweghe and John Butt as a part of the ‘Bach the European’ concert series.
Longborough debut: Second Lady & Spell for Sex/La liberazione di Ruggiero & Spell Book (2022)