British-French mezzo-soprano Bernadette Johns is studying with Giles Underwood and Joseph Middleton

She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction and a Dip RAM for an outstanding final recital from the Royal Academy of Music, and is generously supported by the Carr-Gregory Trust Award, Clive and Sylvia Richards Charity and Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Opera Award. She previously studied at the University of Oxford.

Bernadette made her Leeds Lieder debut as a Momentum Artist in March 2021, was a Leeds Lieder Young Artist in 2020 and won the 2019 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Song Prize. She was a Bach Scholar for the 2019 ‘Bach the European’ concert series, and has appeared as a soloist in concerts directed by Rachel Podger, Trevor Pinnock, Masaaki Suzuki, Philippe Herreweghe, John Butt and Iain Ledingham. Recent roles at the Academy include Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, covering Dorabella in Così fan tutte and, in Opera Scenes, the title role in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Maman in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Idamante in Idomeneo, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena.

Image credit: Sapphire Armitage