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One of England’s most distinguished singers, ANTHONY ROLFE JOHNSON’s schedule includes concerts with the major orchestras and festivals in the world’s leading musical centers. From Berlin to Boston and beyond, he has sung with the world’s leading orchestras under such noteworthy conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, and Simon Rattle, among many others.
He has a vast range of recordings to his name, reflecting his reputation as an interpreter of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Britten. He is acclaimed for his recordings of the great Handel oratorios, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, as well as many other award-winning releases.
Johnson made his international operatic debut as Fenton at the Glyndebourne Festival. He has since sung an extensive repertoire in the world’s great opera houses. Among his many important roles, he has sung title roles in Monteverdi’s Ulysses and Orfeo at the London Coliseum, and Don Ottavio at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Idomeneo at the Salzburg Festival under Seiji Ozawa, the Vienna State Opera under Harnoncourt, and the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine; and Peter Grimes at the Savonlinna and Glyndebourne festivals, in Tokyo, Munich, and at the Met. Anthony Rolfe Johnson was made a C.B.E. in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours.