Review, Michelle Johnson

"Boston University presented Haydn's The Creation Monday night and it fielded an interesting team of soloists: a faculty member, a recent alum, and three new graduate students.


"Soprano Michelle Johnson hails from Pearland, Texas, but in her, Boston may be developing its next diva. She has the voice, the presence, and the presence of mind for it. Even when she and the orchestra briefly parted company in one aria, she kept right on going. Johnson's timbre is vibrantly luscious, but she kept it focused and within Haydn's stylistic frame; she probably has a wider range of color than she chose to use. Her coloratura is clean, and she even boasts a trill, but best of all, she is a communicator. She sings Donna Elvira in BU's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni in February–clearly not a production opera lovers can afford to miss."

 

Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe, November 26, 2005

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