Johann Sebastian Bach
Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (1724)
Pilatus and Bassbaritone
The British baritone David Wilson-Johnson studied Modern Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge and singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Over a career spanning forty years he has been a guest of the major opera houses and orchestras and festivals worldwide. He has sung under many distinguished conductors including Boulez, Brüggen, Bychkov, Davis, Dutoit, Giulini, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Knussen, Leonhardt, Mackerras, Mehta, Previn, Rattle and Rozhdestvensky.
His recordings range from Tubular Bells and Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield), the film 'Give my regards to Broad Street' (The Beatles) to works of Bach (Leonhardt, Giulini) Beethoven (Mackerras), Mahler 8 (Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle) Stravinsky, Schoenberg (Boulez, Knussen, Robert Craft), Ravel (Previn), Frank Martin's Jedermann Monologues (LPO Bamert) and with his regular pianist partner David Owen Norris a ground breaking Winterreise and songs by Finzi, Quilter, Somervell and Trevor Hold.
Notable operatic appearances include the title roles in Tippett's King Priam (Nationale Reisopera and BBC Proms), Albeniz's Merlin (Teatro Real Madrid), Shostakovitch's The Nose under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky (Netherlands Opera), and Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise (London, Lyon, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York and Edinburgh Festival).
Recent and future highlights include Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and La Damnation de Faust with the Philadelphia, Chicago and Sydney Symphony Orchestras all with Charles Dutoit, The Creation (Frans Brüggen, New Japan Philharmonic), Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri with Simon Rattle (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande), Maxwell-Davies’ Taverner (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra), Handel’s Athalia (Paul Goodwin, Basel Kammerorchester), Messiah (Harry Christophers and The Sixteen in Paris), Bach’s St Matthew Passion (King’s Consort, Robert King), Stravinsky’s Threni and Tavener’s The Whale (David Atherton, London Sinfonietta), Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Ludovic Morlot, BBC Symphony Orchestra), and Tippett’s The Midsummer Marriage (Sir Andrew Davis, BBC SO) and Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Bychkov, BBCSO) both at the BBC Proms.