John Craig Johnson - Baritone

JOHN CRAIG JOHNSON has been praised internationally by Opera News as a distinguished voice of "solid technical facility and impressive, rich, singing."  He has performed forty operatic roles in companies including Los Angeles Opera (in the world premiere of Nathan Wang’s On Gold Mountain in the inaugural Voices of California project), Long Beach Opera, Orange County Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera de Tijuana, and the San Bernardino, Bakersfield, and Palisades Symphonies. An enthusiastic mentor to young singers of all genres, Johnson finished coordinating the Vocal Studies program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and holds a doctorate in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California. His students are frequent winners of regional and national competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Since 2008, Johnson's students have garnered ten of the thirteen awards given to undergraduate students by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - San Diego, as well as four first place prizes, three additional encouragement awards by post graduates, and also first place wins from the Colorado-Wyoming, New England, and L.A. districts. His students have also completed apprenticeships and sung roles with Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Aspen Musical Festival Opera, Tanglewood, Opera Academy of California, and OperaWorks. Johnson's students have current and recent contracts on Broadway and with San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, Oper Leipzig, Komische Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale Bologna and many others.