Elissa Johnston - Soprano


Recently cited by the Chicago Tribune for the “exquisite beauty, sensitivity and precision” of her singing, soprano Elissa Johnston enjoys performing repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel and Mozart to Messiaen, Carter, Unsuk Chin and Lachenmann. Last season Elissa sang Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 with Quator Diotima at Jacaranda Music, Mozart’s Requiem with the Long Beach Symphony, Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs at Le Salon de musiques. Elissa has appeared as guest soloist with the Pacific Chorale under conductor John Alexander in Brahms’ Requiem, with the Long Beach Symphony under conductor Gemma New in Mahler’s 4th Symphony and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, and with the San Luis Obispo Symphony in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony. In April 2018, Elissa will appear with Pacific Symphony under Carl St. Clair in Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna at Carnegie Hall, as part of Carnegie’s yearlong celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday.