Kate Johnson

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(She/Her) Kate Johnson, adept in new opera, created leading roles in the world premiere of Anne Frank (Ran/Kondek; Indiana University Opera Theater) and in workshops of Tevye’s Daughters (Weiser/Fleischmann; American Lyric Theater), Zheng (Eshima/Asaro; Opera San Jose) and Two Corners (Boykin/Lee; Cincinnati Opera), which she premieres in June at Finger Lakes Opera.  Also gifted in Mozart and Handel, she portrayed Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Roanoke, IU), Sandrina in La finta giardiniera, and Atalanta in Xerxes (both at IU). 
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Bloomington, IN

Associate Instructor in Voice

2022 - Present
Central City, CO

Studio Artist

2023 - 2023
Wien, AT

Fulbright Austria Mach-Award Grantee, Research & Performance of Walter Bricht Lieder

2021 - 2022
Indianola, IA

Apprentice Artist

2020 - 2021
Bloomington, IN, USA

Performing artist

2020 - 2021


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Kate Johnson

Soprano Kate Johnson debuted this March at Opera Roanoke as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. An avid champion of new opera, she will perform in the world premiere of Two Corners, by composer B.E. Boykin and librettist Jarrod Lee, at Finger Lakes Opera this June, following her participation in December in a workshop of the piece with Opera Fusion: New Works at Cincinnati Opera. In 2023, she created the title role in the world premiere of Anne Frank by composer Shulamit Ran and librettist Charles Kondek at Indiana University Jacobs Opera Theater, and in November she created the dual leading role of Shprintse/Rose in a workshop of Tevye’s Daughters, a new opera by composer Alex Weiser and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, for American Lyric Theater in New York. This fall, she created the role of Elaine in a workshop of Zheng by composer Shinji Eshima and librettist Tony Asaro, at Opera San José. Equally adept in the standard operatic repertory, she portrayed Sandrina in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in October at Indiana University Opera Theater, where she has also sung Atalanta in Handel’s Xerxes and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Prior to spending summer 2023 as a Studio Artist with Central City Opera, she was a 2021 Apprentice Artist with Des Moines Metro Opera. As recipient of a 2021-22 Fulbright Austria grant, she was based in Vienna, where her work focused on the Lieder of Walter Bricht. A student of Heidi Grant Murphy, she earned a Performer Diploma and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she has twice received the Opera Omaha Guild Award and a 2020 Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. 



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