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Douglas Johnson (Tenor)

Born: 1959 (?) - USA

Douglas Johnson is an American tenor. His voice was discovered during a summer course in Santa Barbara in California. With the help of a grant, he studied at the University of Los Angeles. He took part in opera performances at the University, and sang small roles in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites, La Clemenza di Tito by W.A. Mozart and La Fille du Regiment by Donizetti. In 1982 he was a finalist at the Compeition of Lorel L. Zachary Society for Perforing Arts in 1982.

However, Douglas Johnsonís real stage career began in 1984 in Europe. Here he sang at the Stadttheater of Aachen, of which he was a member from 1984 to 1987, performing roles such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni", the title role in "Xerxes" by George Frideric Handel, Jacquino in L.v. Beethovenís Fidelio, Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville, Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Steuermann in Fliegenden Holländer and especially excited as Belmonte in Entführung aus dem Serail. From 1987 to 1989 he was engaged at the Staatstheater Hannover; since 1989 at the Opera House of Frankfurt. Here he sang at the opening night of April 6, 1991 (after a major fire) of the newly built opera house as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte He appeared as a guest at leading opera houses: the Staatsoper of Hamburg, where he was heard as Chateauneuf in Lortzing Zar und Zimmermann; at the Deutschen Opernhaus Berlin as Fenton in Lustigen Weibern von Windsor by Nicolai; at the Wiener Staatsoper as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte; at the Opera House of Cologne as Nemorino in Elisir d'amore (1988). In 1987-1988, he took part at the Salzburg Festival in Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron; in 1990-1991, he sang Arbace in Idomeneo by Mozart. In 1989 he appeared at Ludwigshafen Gualterio in Antonio Vivaldi's Griselda; in 1990 at the Landestheater Salzburg as Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Agenore in Il Re Pastore by Mozart; in 1991 at the Opera of San Diego as Alfred in Die Fledermaus; in 1992 in Seattle as Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville; in 1993 at the Opera of Frankfurt/a.M. as Paolino in Cimarosa's Matrimonio Segreto. In 1992, he partitipated at the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival.

Recordings: Philips (L'Oca del Cairo and La Finta Semplice by Mozart), Sony (Don Giovanni by Gazzaniga), Opus (Applausus by J. Haydn).


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2012)
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