From: Alberta, Canada. LA Opera: Owen's Daughter in Omar (2022, debut); Shepherd in Tosca (2022); Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro (2023); Maid in The Dwarf (2024); Annina in La Traviata (2024). She joined the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in 2022.
Omani-born Canadian mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny gained recognition in major competitions whilst still studying at Indiana University; she was awarded the Andre Bourbeau Best Canadian Artist award and the ICI Musique People’s Choice award at the 2022 Concours Musical International de Montreal competition and was the winner of the Western Canada District of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
She joined LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn Stein’s Young Artist Program in the 2022/23 season, making her debut there to considerable acclaim in the role of Owen’s daughter in Omar, a world premiere by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Johnny has already made several notable debuts in North America, including as Meg Page in Falstaff at the Aspen Music Festival alongside Bryn Terfel in the title role and conducted by Patrick Summers, as Cherubino in a new staging of The Marriage of Figaro at Opera San Jose and, at LA Opera, Mélisande in Impressions de Pelléas at The Ebell of Los Angeles, under James Conlon. She has appeared as Carmen in Arden Opera’s production of The Tragedy of Carmen, as Suzuki in concert performances of Madama Butterfly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jun Märkl and, with IU Opera Theatre during her studies there, as Rosina in The Barber of Seville and as the title roles in both Handel’s Xerxes and Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea.
As part of the inaugural cast of The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions, an inspirational ensemble piece created by Ted Huffman and Philip Venables from the seminal LGBTQ+ rights text by Larry Mitchell, Johnny performed at the 2023 editions of the Manchester International Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Bregenzer Festspiele and will be seen in the London premiere at the Southbank Centre in the 2023/24 season.
The current season’s commitments open with Deepa Johnny joining Opéra de Rouen Normandie in the title role of Carmen, presented in a staging by Romain Gilbert and conducted by Music Director Ben Glassberg, alongside roles in The Dwarf and La Traviata under James Conlon at LA Opera, and a debut with Portland Opera as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. Concert appearances include Mozart’s Mass in C minor with l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Alarcón, and Handel’s Messiah with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Mathieu Lussier. Johnny made her Carnegie Hall debut last season at Renée Fleming’s SongStudio Masterclass, was a fellow of the renowned Ravinia Steans Vocal Institute presenting art song repertoire and recently performed with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra as part of their Sounds of the Seasons concerts, guest conducted by Luke Frazier from American Pops Orchestra.