Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

Jennifer Johnson Cano is a naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry. In recital this season she appears at Da Camera of Houston for a performance of Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf and joins pianist Benjamin Hochman and friends for Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared at New York’s 92nd Street Y. After widespread acclaim last season for her portrayal of Offred in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale with the Boston Lyric Opera, Cano bows this season as Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma with Pittsburgh Opera, Komponist in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with Arizona Opera, and as the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with New Orleans Opera. A native of St. Louis, Cano earned degrees from Webster University and Rice University. She joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season, with more than 100 performances on the Met stage since. Among her honors are a First Prize winner of the Young Concert Artist International Auditions, a Sara Tucker Study Grant, a Richard Tucker Career Grant, and the George London Award. For more information on Jennifer Johnson Cano, visit