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London born soprano Elinor Rolfe Johnson, possesses a ‘commanding stage presence and the voice to match’ (Seen and Heard International) and has been praised by Tim Ashley (The Guardian) for her ‘superlative singing’.  Elinor studies under Susan Roberts and works regularly with coaches and pianists including Audrey Hyland, Will Vann and Ian Tindale.


Elinor studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she held the Russel Sheppard Trust and Richard Stapely Trust vocal scholarship awards.  More recently, she has performed as a finalist in the London Handel Competition and the inaugural Sing Finzi Competition, as well as a semi-finalist in the Wigmore Song Competition.


Elinor has performed roles including Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro on tour with Opera Brava and Regents Opera, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus at St John’s Smith Square with Opera Danube, Ismene Orpheus at St George’s Hanover Square, with the Classical Opera Company and has covered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival for their Bach Trauernacht project, under Raphael Pichon.

Elinor has extensive recital and oratorio experience, performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican,

Carnegie Hall, the Conzertgebouw and Berlin Philharmonie.  Performances include Bach St John Passion (Britten Sinfonia, dir. Mark Padmore), St Matthew Passion (Israel Camerata), Finzi Dies Natalis (Concordia Orchestra), Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (Kings College Cambridge), Handel Messiah (Leeds Town Hall), Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Haydn Creation (St George’s Bristol), Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music and Sea Symphony (Snape Maltings), Mendelssohn Elijah and Verdi Requiem.

Upcoming performance highlights include a concert to celebrate 50 years of the Britten Pears young Artist programme at Snape Maltings, Haydn Creation with Royston Choral Society, conducted by Andrew O’Brien and Handel Messiah with Harpenden ChoralSociety, conducted by John Andrews. 

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