Johnny Herford

Samling Artist Programme: 2013

Johnny Herford was the winner of the Song Prize at the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, and of the Jean Meikle Duo Prize at the 2013 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, is a Samling Artist and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears School, and studied with Thomas Quasthoff at the Verbier Festival.

Johnny’s engagements in the 2014/15 season  include the role of Josef K in the World Premiere of The Trial by Philip Glass, based on the Kafka novel, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – a co-production with Music Theatre Wales; this role will also mark Johnny’s German debut at Theater Magdeburg. He will also appear as Emireno Ottone for English Touring Opera and make his French operatic debut in a new production of Katya Kabanova at Opera de Dijon.

On the operatic stage, Johnny created the role of Hans Scholl in the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera, Kommilitonen! Other performances include Papageno/Sprecher Die Zauberflöte, Edmund Mansfield Park, Officier Dialogues des Carmélites, Sid Albert Herring, Gendarme Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Lieutenant de Verbois Fortunio, Chao Lin A Night at the Chinese Opera and Danilo The Merry Widow, as well as roles in operas by Kim Ashton and Danyal Dhondy.

On the concert platform, Johnny recently performed The Muir  with the Mark Morris Dance Group at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, he has also appeared with the English Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and with the Orchestra of St John’s. His concert repertoire extends from Monteverdi to the present day including: Bach St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, B-Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Haydn Seasons, Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms German Requiem, Mahler Rückert-Lieder, and Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs.

In recital Johnny has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, at the Oxford Lieder Festival and on BBC Radio 3. He recently recorded Mendelssohn Lieder with Malcolm Martineau, and performed Die Schöne Müllerin at the Machynlleth Festival with William Vann. This season he will appear with Simon Lepper at St John’s Smith Square and will appear at  the Oxford Lieder Fesitval as part of their “Schubert Project.” Further ahead he will make his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall with pianist James Baillieu.