Praised by Opera Wire for her vocal clarity, dramatic presence, and expressive interpretation, soprano Candace Y. Johnson, has concertized widely, including guest appearances at Carnegie Hall and The Manhattan Center. Johnson is a versatile artist, equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, and jazz. She has performed lead roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Medium, Suor Angelica, Fame, and she defined the genre-bending role of Jackie in the 2019 world premiere of Howard’s End, America with RealOpera, San Francisco.
Also a fitness enthusiast, in 2021 Johnson launched FitnesSing!™, a new vocal health approach that combines vocal training with physical fitness. FitnesSing!™ airs live virtually every Friday at noon on The Marsh Theater’s MarshStream. It is quickly becoming the rave with singers of every level.
In 2018, Johnson premiered her one-woman show, VOX in a BOX— the musical biography of how she found her “voice.” In VOX in a BOX Johnson uniquely fuses her black music heritage and classical training with storytelling to explore themes of identity, race, belonging, and freedom of expression. On the voice faculty at the University of California-Berkeley, she touches on these themes in her applied voice class and a musicology course she designed based on her research and performance of works by African-American composers. Prior to her current appointment, she was awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the music department. Johnson earned her doctorate in voice performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the late Shirley Verrett, as well as George Shirley and Willis Patterson.