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Peter  Johnson 

Adjunct Professor
Peter Johnson has been described as "a performer who possesses not only an incredibly rich voice, but also brilliant comic instincts". Mr. Johnson has been making a name for himself in regional Opera over the past few years. Most recently he sang the role of the Pirate King with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and critics noted that he "played the Pirate King with a loose-limbed swagger and a baritone that's just as limber." Similar praise came when he sang with Nashville Opera in their new production of La Bohème, where it was noted that he "provides nice support as both the landlord Benoit and the bumbling Alcindoro". He returned in the Fall of 2015 to Nashville Opera to sing the Bass role in Phillip Glass' opera Hydrogen Jukebox. In the remaining 2015-16 season, he made professional debuts with companies Opera Fayetteville as Basil Hallward in Lowell Lieberman's The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sin City Opera as Guglielmo in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Opera Las Vegas as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen, and with Nightingale Opera Theatre as Friedrich Bhaer in Mark Adamo's Little Women. Mr. Johnson is capable and well suited to both comedic and serious roles, and is a skilled interpreter of both modern and classical works. As a graduate of the Knoxville Opera Studio, he appeared in many productions with Knoxville Opera, including Puccini's La Bohème (Schaunard), Puccini's La fanciulla del West (Sid), Offenbach's Les contes des Hoffmann (Hermann), Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore (Boatswain) and Bizet's Carmen (Zuniga). Mr. Johnson has participated in a number of well-known apprenticeship and training programs. In the summer of 2014 he completed the Apprentice Artist Program at the Des Moines Metro Opera in Indianola, Iowa, where he covered the role of The Tutor in Rossini's Le comte d'Ory. In the summers of 2012 and 2013 he was a member of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, where he created the roles of Campaign Consultant and Triathlon Dan in Michael Ching's new opera Speed Dating Tonight!, and also appeared as Escamillo in Peter Brook's Le tragédie de Carmen.

Mr. Johnson earned his master's degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied with Andrew Wentzel. He completed his undergraduate training from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he studied with David Hamilton and toured both nationally and internationally with The Concordia Choir under the direction of Dr. René Clausen.

Mr. Johnson currently makes his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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