His recent opera engagements include Alfredo La Traviata, Nemorino The Elixir of Love and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for English National Opera, Don Ottavio for Opéra National de Bordeaux, Bénédict Béatrice et Bénédict for Chelsea Opera Group, Shepherd and Sailor in concert performances of Tristan und Isolde with the CBSO, Novice in Michael Grandage’s production of Billy Budd at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Copland’s The Tender Land at Opéra de Lyon and productions for Scottish Opera and the Classical Opera Company.
Already much in demand on the concert platform, Ben Johnson most recently sang Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Residentie Orkest and the English Chamber Orchestra at the BBC Proms, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the CBSO, Beethoven’s Mass in C with Philharmonia, Shepherd Tristan und Isolde with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Trial by Jury with the RLPO. Previously he has sung Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Chamber Orchestra, Samson with the English Concert, Elgar’s Caractacus at the Three Choirs Festival, Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mozart’s concert arias, Britten’s Serenade with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Britten Our Hunting Fathers and Strauss Lieder with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Les Illuminations with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Evangelist in St Matthew Passion with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Paukenmesse and Britten St Nicolas Cantata at De Doelen in Rotterdam. He has worked with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jiří Bělohlávek, François-Xavier Roth, Nicholas Kraemer, Thomas Dausgaard, Francesco Corti, Rory Macdonald, Leo Hussain, Richard Egarr and Harry Bicket.
In recital he works regularly with Graham Johnson. They performed together at the Wigmore Hall, the Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany, Aldeburgh Music, and have recorded songs by Poulenc for Hyperion records and Britten for Onyx. He also works with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, and James Baillieu. He has also appeared at deSingel, Antwerp, City of London Festival, Rosenblatt Recitals, Kings Place, Lake District Summer Music and a Kathleen Ferrier celebrations concert at the Wigmore Hall. His latest album of Britten Canticles with Signum Classics was released in early 2013 and earned major acclaim.
Highlights in 13/14 season include Tamino in a new production of The Magic Flute by Simon McBurney at the ENO, Don Ottavio at Glyndebourne, Elijah at the Barbican, Haydn’s Creation with RLPO, Mendelssohn’s Lobegesang with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Bach St Matthew Passion with Residentie Orkest, Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society and a Mozart programme with the CBSO.