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Sidney Johnson (Tenor)

Born: New York City, New York, USA

The American tenor, Sidney Johnson, graduated from the Hartt College of Music with Bachelor of Music degree in Opera. He has Master of Music degree in Opera and Musicology and a Master of Art degree in Educational Ministry and Counseling. He has received many national and international awards in voice (in the second half of the 1960ís he was Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner). .

Sidney Johnson has been described as a outstanding tenor with a soft pliant voice, with liquid, easy production, excellent intonation, a beautiful lyric quality to his voice with an aristocratic sound which together with his refinement and poise make his interpretations exemplary. He has appeared in opera and concerts throughout the USA (five seasons with the Santa Fe Opera, as well as with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera and the American Opera Society) and in European capitals such as Vienna (with the Volksoper), Berlin, Salzburg, Paris, Venice and Tuscany. He appeared in in the NET television production of Igor Stravinskyís Nightingale (Le Rossignol). He has sung in many oratorios in America and in Europe and has recorded on Decca with Musica Aeterna at Alice Tully Hall. Currently (2013-2014), he sings in concerts and recitals in the Portland area such as a concert version of Mozartís La Finta Giardiniera with the Portland Chamber Orchestra. He recently sang the lead role of Elijah in Felix Mendelssohnís Elijah accompanied by Sinfonia Concertante, Novum Chamber Singers and The Oregon Chamber Singers.

Sidney Johnson moved from New York to the Portland area in 1990 to attend Western Seminary. He is presently Professor of voice at Multnomah University. While in New York City he was Professor of Voice at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College (second half of the 1970ís), and served on the pastoral staff of Calvary Baptist Church. He also serves as Minister of Classic Worship at GracePoint Milwaukie.


Source: The Hour (November 21, 1977); Multnomah University Website; Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Michael Hammond


BWV 243a

Links to other Sites

Madrigals In Concert (The Hour, Nov 21, 1977)

Prof. Sidney Johnson - Bio (Multnomah University)

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