Julia Maria Johnson is an American soprano, educator, and social media marketing consultant for the arts. Hailing from Washington State, Ms. Johnson recently earned her M.M. in Voice Performance at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music where she studied under baritone Vladimir Chernov. Ms. Johnson is a graduate of MSMU, LA where she received a B.A. in Music Education and Vocal Performance.
In her time at UCLA, Ms. Johnson performed the lead role of Penelope in the world premiere of Quake by Kay Rhie, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Euridice in André Campra’s Orfeo nell’inferi. Her 2022 credits include performances as a Professional Fellow with SongFest at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a featured soprano with StudioFest Santa Fe at the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi directed by Amy Owens, and the soprano soloist for Bach’s Christmas Cantata with I Cantori di Carmel. She also recorded the premieres of multiple new songs and cycles with Los Angeles composers including Gabrielle Rosse, Matt Smith, and John-Micah Braswell.
Ms. Johnson’s warm and flexible voice, captivating stage presence, and experimental recitals distinguish her as an artist, and lead to her being selected as a 2022 Prima Voce Emerging Artist with Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She also regularly performs and composes with the multi-genre artist collective at Homegrown Recording Studio in Los Angeles, where she has recorded many of her original songs and recitals.
As a social media marketing consultant for the arts, Ms. Johnson is committed to advocating for and celebrating the integration of opera into the social media world to protect and highlight the artists that dedicate their lives to this holistic artform. Her mission is to increase accessibility and exposure to operatic genres, support singers, instrumentalists, composers, and directors in sharing their most authentic selves online, and contribute to the spark of curiosity (that will hopefully turn into a life-long musical love affair) in this new generation of audiences.
Ms. Johnson is thrilled to be making her Pacific Opera Project debut as Isabel in Pirates of Penzance. After working with POP as a social media consultant this year, she already feels like part of the family!