born on 16/11/1950 in Northampton, England, United Kingdom
David Wilson-Johnson (born in Northampton on November 16, 1950) is a British operatic and concert baritone.
David Wilson-Johnson studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. As a singer he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won the Dove Prize for most distinguished student.
In 1976, Wilson-Johnson made his operatic debut in Henze's We Come to the River at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, where he subsequently sang important roles in many operas. In 2006, he decided to retire from the opera. He is still involved in giving concerts worldwide with the major orchestras and recitals with his regular pianist David Owen Norris.
David Wilson-Johnson was Professor of Singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam from 2005 to 2010, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
He has worked with prominent conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Frans Bruggen, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, and Evgeny Svetlanov.
David Wilson-Johnson is one of the most sought after baritones in the world today.
He is known affectionately as "Jumbo Johnson" due to his larger frame.
After the 9/11 attacks of 2001 he sang Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under Leonard Slatkin at the 2001 Last Night of the Proms to a worldwide audience of 340 million.
David Wilson-Johnson has made over 250 CDs.
- David Wilson-Johnson biography at Classics Online
- 1.0 1.1 2010 Diary. URL accessed on 2011-02-14.
- Messiah, QPAC. URL accessed on 2009-11-18.
- Beethoven Ninth at Last Night of the Proms 2001 in the Guardian.
- David Wilson-Johnson - official web site