Suzanne Johnston

Suzanne Johnston

Mezzo Soprano

Suzanne Johnston has achieved the rare distinction of being recognised equally for her success in opera, music theatre, and as a concert performer.

Her operatic career encompasses the prestigious European Festivals of Glyndebourne and Salzburg, as well as Australia’s major opera companies, for whom her repertory includes the title roles in L’incoronazione Di Poppea, The Gypsy Princess and Carmen. Other roles include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Hansel in Hansel And Gretel, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Fox in Cunning Little Vixen, Eliza Doolittle, opposite Anthony Warlow, in the sell-out production of My Fair Lady, Ruth in The Pirates Of Penzance, numerous roles in Through The Looking Glass, The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Tickety Boo in Sleeping Beauty and the role of Public Opinion in Opera Australia’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld.

Concert appearances include the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, recitals in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, and performances with Symphony Australia and Musica Viva. Suzanne has also toured nationally in The Three Divas and the acclaimed cabaret show, Take Two with Judi Connelli.  In 2012, Suzanne performed in the Morning Melodies Concert Series at The Arts Centre, Melbourne.

Suzanne’s discography includes the ARIA award-winning CD “Perfect Strangers” with Judi Connelli and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and “Hansel and Gretel” – both for ABC Classics – and a recording with the Australian Pops Orchestra. Video & DVD recordings include Hansel and Gretel, Les Huguenots, La Cenerentola, The Gondoliers, Fledermaus & Pirates of Penzance.

Her numerous awards include the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Award (Operatic Performance of the Year), MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year), Churchill Fellowship, ARIA and four Green Room Awards (1985, 1988, 1996, 2011).