Johnsson is a Swedish mezzo soprano who studied at the Royal
University College of Music in Stockholm with Britta Sundberg. In 2000
she graduated from the London Royal School's Opera Course (Royal
Academy of Music) with a Dip. RAM and LRAM, where she studied with Anne
Howells. She continued her vocal training with David Harper.
Catrin's operatic roles include: Idelberto in Handel's Lotario, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Adelberto in Handel's Ottone, 3rd boy in Mozart's Die Zaouberflöte. Nicklausse in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte.
Catrin is an accomplished
recitalist. She toured New Zealand in 1999 with Rachel Fuller, and has performed
extensively throughout Europe and the UK including a recital of Grieg's song
cycle Haugtussa at St. John's
Smith Square with pianist Malcolm
Martineau, and Handel's L'Allegro e Penserioso in London where she performed
together with soprano Emma
In 1997 she received the prestigious Christina Nilsson Prize from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, she was the recipient of numerous prizes. Catrin is noted for her energetic presence on the stage, and her excellent use of words in her operatic and recital work.
'For me it was
Catrin Johnsson who took the honours. Displaying a quite awesome stage-presence
from her very first phrase, she is the type of singer who I can imagine dominating
the trouser-role repertoire in a few years. A truly captivating performance...'
Review of Handel's Ottone, London Handel Festival, Matthew Peacock, Early Music Today - June / July 2000