Naomi Johns is an emerging Australian home grown soprano. Having been praised during 2020 in The West Australian for “sporting voice and curvaceous charms to lascivious effect – comedic, dramatic and seductive” and “…Filling the auditorium with lyrical warmth and romantic inflection…” She demonstrates remarkable versatility and substance across both Lyric and Coloratura repertoire with critics stating that “her sensuous soaring voice handled a range of styles and emotions with ease” (Seesaw magazine 2021)
Having attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music after completing her certificate of Music Theatre at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Naomi joined Opera Australia in their national tour of My Fair Lady and proceeded on to work as occasional part time chorus in between international trips for coaching and development.
Naomi has been a frequent finalist of many national singing competitions such as The Australian Singing Competition, The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, Opera Foundation Australia’s Lady Fairfax Award and was the first female winner of the Bel Canto Award from the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Opera Foundation in 2013 which enabled her to continue coaching in New York, Cardiff and London.
After attending a number of summer schools overseas she debuted the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème for Opera on the Avalon in Canada and attended the George Solti Accademia di bel canto before being called home to Perth.
Since Naomi’s return to Australia she covered the role of Madama Cortese in Opera Australia’s award winning production of Rossinis Il Viaggio a Reims for their Melbourne and Sydney season in 2019. She then went on to make her principal debut with West Australian Opera for outdoor events such as Opera at the Mill and Opera in the Valley of the Giants and just last year made her mainstage debut with WAO as Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Naomi was also delighted to join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) first in 2018 as a soloist for Beethoven 9 with Ascher Fisch and then again in 2020 as a principal for their Last Night of the Proms concert series which was also broadcast on ABC national radio.
Naomi will debut the roles of Madame Herz and Donna Eleanora for West Australian Operas production of The Duel later in 2022