Soprano Michelle Johnson has been praised for her "extraordinary breath control and flawless articulation. Her voice is velvety and pliant - a dulcet dream." A highlight of Ms. Johnson's 2011/12 season was her debut with Opera Company of Philadelphia as the title role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The Philadelphia Inquirer acknowledged, "Johnson's singing has magnetic immediacy thanks to clean vocal lines and word coloring that made her singing speak in beautifully formed musical sentences, similar to young Renata Tebaldi." A graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, she was seen as the title role of Suor Angelica, Leonora in Oberto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Capriccio, and Alice Ford in Falstaff.
In the spring and summer of 2012, Ms. Johnson made her debut with Glimmerglass Music Festival as Aida, and with Opera in the Heights as Leonora in Il Trovatore. During the 2012/13 season, she made her debut with Opera Santa Barbara as Aida, and performed Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Boston Philharmonic. She returned to Houston's Opera in the Heights to sing Alice Ford in Falstaff, and made her debut at PORTOpera singing Mimì in La Bohème, followed by a reprisal of that same role for Annapolis Opera. In 2013/2014, she returned to Opera Philadelphia for Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and sang Verdi's Requiem with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Oviedo, Spain. She also performed the title role in the rarely performed Sakuntala with Teatro Grattacielo, to very favorable reviews. 2014/2015 season engagements included Minnie in La Fanciulla del West at Kentucky Opera; her role and house debut as Élisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos at Sarasota Opera; and a "Viva Verdi!" concert with Princeton Symphony Orchestra. In upcoming seasons, Ms. Johnson will be returning to Sarasota Opera to perform the title role in Aida, and she will be making her house debut with Hawaii Opera Theatre performing Leonora in Il Trovatore.
Noted for her successes in numerous vocal competitions, Ms. Johnson was a Second Place winner in the 2014 Giulio Gari Vocal Competition; a Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner; Top Prize and Grant Winner, William Matheus Sullivan Foundation; Second Place and Audience Favorite, Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, 2011; Grant, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2011; First Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2011; Encouragement Award, George London Foundation Vocal Competition, 2011; Second Place, Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, 2009; Encouragement Award, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2009; Finalist, Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, 2007; Encouragement Award, Marilyn Horne Foundation, 2007; and the Jan de Gaetani Award, Orpheus National Vocal Competition, 2006.