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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

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Overview

Jennifer Johnson Cano is a naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre that has garnered critical acclaim. Ms. Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she has given stunning recital debuts with husband and pianist Christopher Cano in New York at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, in Washington, DC, at the Kennedy Center and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Among her honors is a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and 2014 George London Award.

Ms. Cano has given over 100 performances at The Metropolitan Opera, with recent roles including Bersi, Emilia, Hansel, Meg Page, Mercedes, Nicklausse, Wellgunde and Waltraute. Other operatic appearances included Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Boston Lyric Opera and Arizona Opera, Marguerite in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faustwith the Tucson Symphony, The Sharp Eared Fox in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with the Cleveland Orchestra and Diana in La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera. She has worked with an impressive array of conductors, such as James Levine, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Marin Alsop, Gary Thor Wedow and Sir Andrew Davis.

A dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, she performs at Mt. Gretna Playhouse with Christopher Cano with a program including songs and arias by composers Hugo Wolf, Enrique Granados, Antonín Dvořák and Jonathan Dove, and she appears in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Nathan Hughes (oboe), Rafael Figueroa (cello), and Ken Noda (piano). At Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Ms. Cano performed Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat with the New York Philharmonic.

In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and The Cleveland Orchestra, Ms. Cano has appeared with such esteemed orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Utah Symphonies and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shturem, recorded live for the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde featured conductor George Manahan, tenor Paul Groves and St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in a rare arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg and Rainer Riehn. At the invitation of Mrs. Carol Armstrong, Jennifer Johnson Cano was particularly honored to sing the Anderson/Weill September Song at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong. In 2014, she released her debut recital recording, Unaffected: Live from the Savannah Voice Festival, recorded completely live and unedited.

Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and made her professional operatic debut with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. She earned her degrees from Webster University and Rice University.  www.jenniferjohnsoncano.net

"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."

-New York Times

Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano and Christopher Cano, piano

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:00 PM

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Program

CanteloubeChants d'Auvergne
DvořákZigeunermelodien, Op. 55
de FallaSiete canciones populares españolas
Barber: Three Songs, Op. 10
Bernstein: Three Songs from West Side Story
Dove: Three Tennyson Songs

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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Nathan Hughes, oboe; Rafael Figueroa, cello; Ken Noda, piano

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mendelssohn: Psalm 42: Meine Seele Dürstet Nach Gott
Haydn: Arianna a Naxos, Hob. XXVIb:2
Brahms: Zwei Gesänge, Op. 91
Dutilleux: Oboe Sonata
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Vaughan Williams: Blake Songs
Berlioz: Damnation of Faust: D’amour l’ardante flame

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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano and Christopher Cano, piano

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Korngold: Selection of Songs TBA
Poulenc: Banalités
Schubert: Three Songs TBA
Selection of songs from the British Isles
Selection of Russian songs

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Christine Anderson.

New York Times

“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.”

Washington Post

“Cano has a voluminous voice with remarkable agility in her higher range and a molten contralto quality lower down, gliding between these registers with seeming ease. ”

New York Times

“Jennifer Johnson Cano demonstrated emotionally concentrated musicianship in three songs by Liszt, with fervent piano accompaniment by her husband, Christopher Cano. Her voice seems to come out of a happy nexus of heart, soul and brain that lends an authoritative weight to every note.”

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