Jennifer Johnson Cano was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, where she received a bachelor’s degree in music from Webster University. She earned her master's degree at Rice University and now resides in New York, where she joined the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2009-10. A first prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she has made recital debuts at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. This season, Ms. Cano performs Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall and at the Vail Valley Music Festival, and returns to the Met as Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Mercédès in Carmen, and Emilia in Otello. She returns to Zankel Hall for Carnegie Hall's Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, sings Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy at Alice Tully Hall with Musica Sacra, and performs Salieri’s Funeral Music and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the New York Virtuoso Singers/Canticum Novum at the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste. She also performs solo recitals at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC and the Gardner Museum in Boston. Ms. Cano has participated in the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, and she has received honors including a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award, a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant, and a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant. Last July, she made her San Francisco Symphony debut in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Stern Grove.

December 2012

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