Ever wondered exactly how soloists prepare the big roles?  Jennifer Johnston tells all.

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Ever wondered exactly how soloists prepare the big roles?  Jennifer Johnston tells all.

“To learn a new work can take months, and even then it’s usually only after a few performances of it that it gets under my skin, but adrenaline definitely helps and the excitement of performing something for the first time carries me through. For me, singing isn’t just about the performances themselves: I love the preparation process itself, discovering pieces for the first time, or revisiting others and looking at them with fresh eyes. I am disciplined about practising and learning as at any given time I may be preparing up to 10 different works, both for opera and concert performances. That takes careful planning, not least when I’m travelling and need to ensure I have the right scores with me. Ultimately, there’s no mystery to preparation: hard work tends to pay off in the end!

Jennifer Johnston is the mezzo soprano soloist in The Bach Choir’s performance of Elijah on Sunday 7 June 2015 at the Royal Festival Hall.  Find out more about this concert.
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