Frank William Johnson


Birthday: June 3

First and Last Name Frank Johnson

City and State Memphis, TN 38106

Profile Filter: Singer, Tenor, Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Soul, R&B

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About Me A native of Memphis, Tn., Frank Johnson received his formal vocal training at Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts under the Direction of the late Dr. Lulah M. Hedgeman. After graduation he attended The University of Memphis and was accepted into the Rudi E. Schedt School of Music majoring in Vocal Performance and taking private voice from Dr. Pamela Gaston. His operatic debut was in Mozart’s Magic Flute as the Second Slave and First Armored Man. After his performance of in Magic Flute he was then selected for the role of Bill in “Hand of Bridge” by Samuel Barber. Frank would later be invited to sing in several productions with Opera Memphis including Puccini’s Tosca, Mozart’s Abduction, AIDA, LA BOHEME and their 2006 premiere performance of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. In 1999, Frank was selected by audition for an artist in residence music exchange program between the University of Memphis and the city of Marktoberdorf Germany. This group toured and performed Negro spirituals and German Art Song repertoire throughout Germany, Austria, and Amsterdam. In 2004 Mr. Johnson won the young adult category in the NATS competition held at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tn. Also, in 2004 Mr. Johnson was featured as Dr. Benjamin Hooks and Fred Shuttlesworth in the World Premiere of “The Promise”, an opera based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. In addition to his operatic performances, Mr. Johnson has also been featured with the Memphis Symphony Chorus in their productions of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, The Verdi Requiem, St. John’s Passion and Handel’s Messiah. In 2012, Mr. Johnson was featured in a program of Opera scenes. He was featured in the Chorus for Bizet’s Carmen and in Vivat Bacchus Duet from Mozart’s Abduction as Pedrillo. Mr. Johnson has participated in Master classes with the late Charles Riecher, former artistic director for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, and retired Opera Singers Grace Brumbry, Gail Robinson and Mignon Dunn.. Mr. Johnson has been a featured soloist in several recitals including a 2003 tribute concert to the life and works of Moses Hogan presented by the Music Department at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church under the direction of Dr. Leo Davis. Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis with an emphasis in Public Relations. Contact information 901 857 0805 1473 Compton Memphis, TN 38106

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