Johanna Harrison is currently a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studies under the tutelage of baritone Marcus van den Akker.
Her roles include Mércédes (Bizet, Carmen, for Dartington International Festival), Zweite Dame/Papagena (Mozart, Die Zauberflöte) Marcellina (Mozart, Le Nozze di Figaro), Juno (Eccles, The Judgement of Paris), Diana (Cavalli, La Calisto), Kate (G&S, Pirates of Penzance), Juno (Offenbach, Orpheus in the Underworld), Aurelia (Purcell, Dioclesian), Sagredo/Marie dei'Medici (Glass, Galileo Galilei), Mrs Herring (Britten, Albert Herring), Dejanira (Handel, Hercules) and a one-woman opera by Judith Weir, The Consolations of Scholarship, as well as the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.
She was especially honoured to have sung for a masterclass with Renée Fleming in 2013 as part of the HUMANITAS programme at Oxford University, and also for Donald Maxwell for the Friends of Welsh National Opera.
She has performed for Tony Blair, Buckingham Palace, the British High Commission (Sierra Leone) and the European Parliament (Strasbourg). She also appeared as a soloist live on BBC Radio 3 for the opening night of the Bath International Music Festival and was broadcast on the 2016 Easter Day episode of Songs of Praise. She currently appears on classical recordings by Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos, and she has premiered new writing at the World Shakespeare Congress in both Stratford-upon-Avon and St Martin-In-The-Fields, London.
She also enjoys frequent engagements as an oratorio soloist and has performed the Requiems of Mozart, Verdi, Duruflé, and Faure, Hadyn's Die Jahreszeiten, Nelson Mass and Paukenmesse, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Handel's Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Bach's Oster-Oratorium, and Tippett's Child of Our Time. She has been conducted by Diego Masson, David Angus, George Vass and John Rutter, and has performed as a soloist in concerts shared with Julian Lloyd-Webber, Joanna MacGregor and Gillian Keith.
Future projects include the role of Flora in Verdi's La Traviata as part of her final year with Westminster Opera on the Emerging Artist scheme. She has been kindly supported by the SD Whitehead's Charitable Trust, the Hall School Wincanton Trust and the Mario Lanza Foundation.