Lina Johnson, soprano

Lina Johnson

Represented By:

Michael Morelli
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The soprano Lina Johnson has a natural stage presence and a beautiful, mellow, clear and expressive lyric coloraturavoice.

Her operatic career features performing soubrette, lyric coloratura and belcanto repertoire, as well as concert repertoire like Mozart concert arias, Brahms’ Requiem, Händel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Lina Johnson regularly performs church music, lied recitals and contemporary music in concert venues predominantly around Europe. She has performed as a soloist with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Jenaer Philharmonie, Hamburger Camerata and Novaya Russia Orchestra of Moscow.

In 2019 she released the album “Face to Face” on the Amchara/Naxos label, which received great acclaim in the press. In 2020 the album “A Quiet Beauty” was released on the LAWO label.


Most recent and future highlights include (among others):

  • Mahler’s 4th Symphony at Jenaer Philharmonie in Germany;
  • Konstanze/Entführung aus dem Serail at Danish National Opera;
  • Poulenc’s Gloria at Odense Symfoniorkester;
  • Gilda/Rigoletto at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, at the Scottish National Opera and at the Kristiansund Opera;
  • Recital with Bergen National Opera;
  • Lucia/Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Hedeland;
  • Grieg Opus 48/6 german Lieder at Grieg’s recidence, Troldhaugen in Bergen;
  • Carmina Burana with Jena Symphony Orchestra in Germany, and with Ed Gardner and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra;
  • Gala Concert at the Oscarsborg Opera in Norway;
  • Bel Canto Concert at Opera Sør Kristiansand;
  • Leonora/Trubaduren at Operaen i Kristiansund;
  • Mozart’s Requiem with Copenhagen Chapel Choir;
  • Bach’s B minor Mass with Collegium Musicum, Bergen, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer;
  • Bach’s St. John Passion with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer;
  • Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier at NCPA Beijing;
  • Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, The Listeners, and Eurydike/Orfeus in the Underworld at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo;
  • Marie/La Fille du Régiment at Oscarsborg Opera;
  • Mahler’s 4 symphony, and Weigl’s 3 Lieder (concerts and a CD recording), and songs by Strauss and Scartazzini with Jenaer Philharmonie Orchestra;
  • Leonora/Il Trovatore TBA.


Lina Johnson comes from the small island community of Austevoll on the Norwegian west coast. She is Norwegian and American by birth.

Season 2019/2020

Lina performed Gilda/Rigoletto with the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, Poulenc’s Gloria with Odense Symphonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn’s Elias with Cæciliaforeningen Oslo, and Konstanze/Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Season 2018/2019

The artist has sung Lucia/Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Hedeland, Gilda/Rigoletto at the Scottish Opera and at Operaen i Kristiansund Festiviteten (in Norwegian), Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo. She also performed multiple concerts at the chamber music festival “Kammermusikk i Stavern”, performed Bach’s B minor Mass with Collegium Musicum Bergen, Brahms’ Requiem with Paulikor and Oslofjord Kammerfilharmoni, exerpts from Der Rosenkavalier in new years concerts with The Danish Radio Orchestra that were broadcasted on live television, and performed a recital of Mozart concert arias and baroque repertoire with Holmens Barokk which was also broadcasted live on Danish radio P2.

Season 2017/2018

Johnson was engaged as Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, in September/October 2017, Adina/L’elisir d’Amore at Danish National Opera October/November 2017, Queen of the Night/Die Zauberflöte at Opera Trøndelag March/April 2018, Mozart’s Requiem with the Copenhagen Boys Choir, Bach’s St. John Passion with the RTÉ Philharmonic Orchestra Dublin, Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Before a Southern Convent Op.20 with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Grieg’s German songs Op.48 at Troldhaugen, A bel canto gala concert with Kristiansand Symphonic Orchestra, a christmas concert with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Jenaer Philharmonie in June 2018.

Season 2016/2017

The artist has performed as Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier at NCPA Beijing; Gilda/Rigoletto at Teatro Verdi di Trieste; Amina/La Sonnambula at Opera Hedeland, Papagena/Die Zauberflöte at Teatro Verdi di Trieste. Her engagements also included: A Swan Lake with the Norwegian Opera, Oslo in March 2017 at Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, Brahms/Ein Deutsches Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic Manchester, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and a recital with Mozart lieder at the Mozart Festival in Fredrikstad in April 2017, Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Gershwin songs with The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces in May 2017, Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder in Stavanger Cathedral, Mozart’s Requiem and Tavener’s Requiem Fragments in Oslo Cathedral and a Recital of Schumann lieder at Oslo Chamber Music Festival.

Highlights from Previous Seasons

Lina has in previous seasons performed the roles of Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Adele/Die Fledermaus, Vespetta/Pimpinone; Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte, and The Wife in the new opera Elysium by Rolf Wallin, all at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo.

She performed Clorinda/La Cenerentola and Adele/Die Fledermaus at Teatro Verdi Trieste; Königin der Nacht with Odense Symphony Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphonic Orchestra and Opera Trøndelag. Adina/L’Elisir d’Amore and Gilda/Rigoletto, and Adele/Die Fledermaus at Oscarsborg Operaen. Oscar/Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera Nordfjord; Frasquita/Carmen at Trondheim Symphonic Orchestra. Musetta/La Bohème, Despina/Cosí fan tutte and Najade/Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Violetta Valery/La Traviata at Copenhagen Opera Festival, Handel’s Messiah with Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Lina has worked with conductors like Enrique Mazzola, Daniele Callegari, Carlo Rizzi, Paolo Carignani, Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Christian Badea, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Edward Gardner, Rumon Gamba, Marc Soustrot, Alexander Joël, Michael Boder, Friedemann Layer, Simon Gaudenz, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Nicholas Kraemer, Ivan Anguélov, George Petrou, Pierre Bleuse, Pedro Halffter Caro, Esa Heikillä, Baldur Brönnimann, Krzysztof Urbànski, Christian Eggen, Rafael Payare, Phillip Faber, Christian Kluxen, Rune Bergmann and Thomas Søndergård.

She has worked with stage directors like Robert Carsen, Damiano Michieletto, Stefan Herheim, Guy Joosten, Gilbert Deflo, Jean-Louis Grinda, Valentina Carrasco, Rodula Gaitanou, David Pountney, Daniel Benoin, Francois de Carpentries, Alexander Mørk-Eidem, Ole Anders Tandberg, Stein Winge, Harry Fehr, Philip Kochheim, Matthew Richardson, Ronald Rørvik, Mira Bartov, Runar Hodne, and Jacopo Spirei.


In 2006 Lina Johnson finished her bachelor degree in classical singing at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. She commenced studies at The Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen, working with vocal teacher Susanna Eken and pianists like Roger Vignoles, Helmut Deutsch and Rudolf Jansen, completing her master’s degree in 2008 with highest possible grade. She finished her opera studies at the Royal Danish Opera Academy in 2011 where she worked with coaches like Rachel Andrist, Fiona MacSherry, Mikael Eliasen, Christian Badea and Martin Isepp, still having Susanna Eken as her main vocal teacher.


Lina Johnson was awarded Leonie Sonnings music prize in 2008, and the Dream Scholarship from Norway’s national music school funds in 2005. She won 2nd prize in the Kokkola Nordic Lied competition in Finland in 2007, was nominated for the Wigmore Hall Kohn Opera Voice Fellowship in 2011, and was a finalist in the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition in 2012. In 2010 she attended the Mozart residency at the Aix-en-Provence festival, singing the role of Serpetta/La finta Giardiniera broadcasted live on the Arte tv channel.


Lina Johnson – Rigoletto by G. Verdi – “Caro nome”, role Gilda

Lina Johnson – La Sunnambula by V. Bellini – Ah! non credea Mirarti, role Amina

Lina Johnson – Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti – Regnava nel silenzio (LIVE outdoor, Opera Hedeland) – August 2018

Lina Johnson – Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini – O mio babbino caro

Lina Johnson – Die Fledermaus by R. Strauss – Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande, role Adele

Lina Johnson – Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart – Der Hölle Rache, role Die Königin


“Bel Canto” – Arias in concert with Kristiansand Philharmonic Orchestra, March 2018

“Soprano Lina Johnson impressed greatly in every way; her singing was beautiful, precise, with nerve and engagement, and took one hight record after the other.”