Cited by the New York Times for her “especially lovely” singing, Elissa Johnston enjoys diving into repertoire ranging from Bach, Handel and Mozart to Messiaen, Carter and Unsuk Chin.
Elissa has recently appeared with the L.A. Philharmonic in Die Staat by Louis Andriessen, conducted by John Adams, and in performances with Street Symphony in Bach’s Wedding Cantata No. 202. She has frequently appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, most recently in Peter Sellars’ production of Music to Accompany a Departure, which is being presented in the 2023 Salzburg Festival. In June 2023 Elissa returns to Pacific Symphony to sing the world premiere of James MacMillan’s Fiat Lux. Other recent performances include John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music with the L.A. Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, with Pacific Symphony under Carl St. Clair, and numerous chamber music and recital performances with Jacaranda Music, Le Salon de Musique, Hear/Now Festival and Pittance Chamber Music.