Oliver Johnston (tenor), born in 1989, is currently a postgraduate scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies with Neil Mackie and Iain Ledingham.
During his time at the Academy, Oliver has been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, including a Countess of Munster Postgraduate Scholarship and the Maidment scholarship of the Musicians Benevolent Fund Postgraduate Performance Awards. Oliver has participated in masterclasses with Dennis O’Neill, Robert Tear, and Florian Boesch. He is generously supported by the Ashley Family Foundation, the Norman McCann Award and the Josephine Baker Trust.
Recent operatic engagements include Melchior for Glyndebourne Opera’s world premiere of Wakening Shadow, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Jurowski, Pedrillo (cover) Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Garsington Opera), Albert Albert Herring (Young Opera), and Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride (Euphonia Opera). Oliver also joined the Glyndebourne chorus for their production of Billy Budd with Sir Andrew Davis and looks forward to singing with them again for their forthcoming season. Future engagements include performing Rodolfo La bohème at Cadogan Hall with the Sinfonia d’Amici.
Oliver has given recitals in Kings Place, Somerset House (the Courtauld Gallery), St Martin-in-the-Fields, Handel House Museum, New College (Oxford University), Institut Français and Queen’s Gate Terrace in Kensington, West Road Concert Hall (Cambridge University), Charlton House and the Chichester Festival. He also recently recorded a previously unheard Schubert cantata in a live broadcast for In Tune as part of BBC Radio 3’s Schubertiade series.
Oliver is one half of the Arien Duo, with guitarist Michael Butten, which performs a wide variety of voice and guitar/lute repertoire throughout the country.