Lina Johnson, soprano

Lina Johnson

Represented By:

Michael Morelli
+45 21 95 28 28

Ole Justesen
+45 21 85 58 60


The soprano Lina Johnson has a natural stage presence and a beautiful, mellow, clear and expressive lyric coloraturavoice.

Her operatic carreer features performing soubrette, lyric coloratura and belcanto repertoire, as well as concert repertoire like Mozart concert arias, Händel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Lina Johnson performs a broad repertoire of church music, lieder recitals and contemporary music. She has performed as a soloist with the Arditti Quartet, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Novaia Russia Orchestra of Moscow and Faeroe Symphony Orchestra.


Recent engagement and future highlights of Lina Johnson include:

  • Konstanze/Entführung aus dem Serail at Danish National Opera;
  • Gloria at Odense Symfoniorkester;
  • Gilda/Rigoletto at Den Norske Opera Oslo;
  • Recital with Bergen National Opera in Austevoll and Opus 48/6 Lieder by Grieg at Troldhaugen in Bergen;
  • Carmina Burana with Jena Symphony Orchestra in Germany;
  • Gala Concert at Oscarsborg in Norway, Bel Canto Concert at Opera Sør Kristiansand and Mozart Requiem with Copenhagen Chapel Choir;
  • Bach’s St. John Passion with RTE National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer.
  • Marie/La Fille du Régiment at Oscarsborg;
  • Gilda/Rigoletto and The Listeners at Norwegian National Opera and Ballet;
  • Donna Anna/Don Giovanni at Scottish Opera;
  • concerts with Jena Symphony Orchestra;
  • a New Year’s concert with Stavanger Symfoniorkester.


Lina Johnson comes from the small island community of Austevoll on the Norwegian west coast.

Season 2018/2019

The artist has sung Lucia/Lucia di Lammermoor at Opera Hedeland, Gilda/Rigoletto at the Scottish Opera and at Operaen i Kristiansund Festiviteten (in Norwegian), Königin der Nacht/Tryllefløyten at Den Norske Opera Oslo.

Season 2017/2018

Lina Johnson was engaged with a  performance at Stavanger Symfoniorkester in December 2017, Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte at Norwegian National Opera in Oslo in September/October 2017, Adina/L’elisir d’Amore at Danish National Opera, Brahms/Ein Deutsches Requiem with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier at NCPA Beijing, Bach’s Matthew Passion with BBC Philharmonic in April 2017, A Swan Lake with Norwegian National Ballet of Oslo in March 2017 at Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

Highlights from Previous Seasons

Lina has also performed Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte and Gilda/Rigoletto (all 1. Cast) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Amina/La Sonnambula outdoor at Opera Hedeland, concerts with Oslo Chamber Music Festival in August 2016, Clorinda/La Cenerentola and Adele/Die Fledermaus at Teatro Verdi Trieste, the role of Hustruen in the new opera Elysium by Rolf Wallin, staged by David Pountney and Königin der Nacht/Die Zauberflöte at Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and with Odense Symphony Orchestra, a concert at Edvard Grieg Museum in May 2015, a concert at Åmot Operagard in August 2015, Oscar/Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera Nordfjord in September/October 2015, Handel’s Messiah with Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Lina has worked with conductors like Nicholas Kraemer, Marc Soustrot, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Fabrizio Maria Carminati, Enrique Mazzola, Daniele Callegari, Christian Badea, Alexander Joël, Michael Boder, Carlo Rizzi, Friedemann Layer, Paolo Carignani, Ivan Anguélov, George Petrou, Pedro Halffter Caro, Esa Heikillä, Baldur Brönnimann, Thomas Søndergård and Krzysztof Urbànski.


  •  “Face to Face” CD with Anne-Marie Lipsonen on the Amchara label/Naxos
  • “A Quiet Beauty – Works by Johan Kvandal” (to be released Fall 2020)


In 2006 Lina Johnson finished her bachelor degree in classical singing at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo and completed her master degree at The Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen in 2008 with highest possible grade. She finished her opera studies at the Royal Danish Opera Academy in 2011 where she worked with coaches like Rachel Andrist, Fiona MacSherry, Mikael Eliasen and Martin Isepp.


Lina Johnson has won several prizes and competitions, among others she was awarded with Leonie Sonnings music prize in 2008, and the Dream Scholarship from Norways national music school funds in 2005. She also won 2nd prize in the Kokkola Nordic Lied competition in Finland in 2007. In 2010 she attended the Mozart recidency at the Aix-en-Provence festival, singing the role of Serpetta/La finta Giardiniera broadcasted live on the Arte tv channel.


Lina Johnson – Rigoletto by G. Verdi – “Caro nome”, role Gilda

Lina Johnson – La Sunnambula by V. Bellini – Ah! non credea Mirarti, role Amina

Lina Johnson – Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti – Regnava nel silenzio (LIVE outdoor, Opera Hedeland) – August 2018

Lina Johnson – Die Fledermaus by R. Strauss – Spiel ich die Unschuld vom Lande, role Adele

Lina Johnson – Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart – Der Hölle Rache, role Die Königin


“Bel Canto” – Arias in concert with Kristiansand Philharmonic Orchestra, March 2018

“Soprano Lina Johnson impressed greatly in every way; her singing was beautiful, precise, with nerve and engagement, and took one hight record after the other.”