Gail Johnston

Samling Artist Programme: 2005

Born in Dundee, Gail went on to study at the RSAMD, where she gained her BMus degree and studied on their Opera course. At the RSAMD she studied with Patricia MacMahon and Patricia Hay. Gail also won the Hugh S.Roberton prize for Scots Song in March 2000, the David Frame scholarship for Scots song in 2002 and has been awarded the Boyd Memorial Scholarship. Her studies were also enhanced with the help of the Sir James Caird’s Travelling Scholarships Trust.

Gail is a qualified teacher of dance and has won numerous awards for dancing and stage performances. She has participated in many operatic performances including: Carmen, Dialogues des Carmelites and The Rake’s Progress and she has also sang the roles of Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Javotte in Massenet’s Manon, Rossignol in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Tytania in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream along with the students from the opera school at the RSAMD.

In 2004 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Gail participated in concert performances of Weber’s Euryanthe singing the role of Bertha, and in Der Freischutz with Sir Charles Mackerras, singing the role of Bridesmaid. Gail also gave her own solo recital in Canongate Kirk as part of the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

In 2006-2007 Gail made her Scottish Opera debut singing Adele in Die Fledermaus for Scottish Opera. This autumn Gail performed at Dean Castle with Scottish Opera’s Orchestra and is currently preparing for a number of concerts and cover roles for the spring 2008.