Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano is recognized for her naturally lustrous sound as well as a fresh and appealing presence on symphonic, operatic, and recital stages. A 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009–2010 singing a Bridesmaid in Le nozze di Figaro and Sandman in Hansel and Gretel. Last season she bowed as Wellgunde in the Met’s new production of Das Rheingold and performed Ludmilla in The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School’s joint production of The Bartered Bride conducted by James Levine. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she has already given stunning recital debuts in both New York City at Merkin Hall and Washington DC at the Kennedy Center.
Cano began the 2011–2012 season with her third residency at the Marlboro Festival and in concert with the Metropolitan Opera’s summer recital series in Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge Park. She appears at The Hollywood Bowl with Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy, returns to the New York Philharmonic for Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Alan Gilbert and sings Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the World Doctors Orchestra in Washington DC. She appears at the Met as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Gotterdammerung, Sandman in Hansel and Gretel and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. She takes part in Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series in recital with pianist Christopher Cano and will sing a concert of Mozart arias at the Mecklenburg Festival in Wismar, Germany.
Cano made her debut with the Chicago Opera Theater as Kate Julian in Benjamin Britten’s Owen Wingrave in 2009. In 2011 she returned to Chicago to perform Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben as part of the company’s new production He/She. After two seasons as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Cano made her principal artist debut in 2008 as The Muse/Nicklausse in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman. As a Young Concert Artists winner, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Princeton University Prizes and gave recitals throughout the United States, including Philadelphia, Houston and Chicago. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi’s Il Tramonto and Cuckson’s Der gayst funem shturem and has been part of the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute in addition to receiving a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award.
Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and obtained her bachelor’s degree in music from Webster University in St. Louis and her master’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, pianist Christopher Cano.
Cano will perform at Mary Baldwin College as part of the Carl Broman Concert series on February 16, at 8 p.m. in Francis Auditorium, in the Pearce Science Center, 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton. The concert will feature selections from Chants d’Auvergne by Canteloube, Gypsy Songs, Op. 55 by Dvorak, Siete Canciones populares Espanolas by de Falla, and Sea Pictures by Elgar.
Individual tickets are available at the door: $15 for seniors and non-MBC students, $18 for adults. For more information, contact the MBC Fine Arts Office at 540-887-7294 or www.mbc.edu/arts.