Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano to Perform in Benefit Recital

Recital proceeds will benefit Webster's James Moroney Nigh Opera Scholarship fund.

Jennifer CanoST. LOUIS - Webster University will host a benefit recital by noted mezzo-soprano, Webster alumna and Jefferson County native Jennifer Johnson Cano at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, at the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis. Johnson Cano will be accompanied by her husband, Christopher Cano.

For her one-night-only recital at the Sheldon, Johnson Cano will deliver a preview of her upcoming Carnegie Hall debut, including songs of Korngold, Poulenc and Schubert, in addition to a set of songs from the British Isles and a set of Russian songs. Christopher Cano also will play a work by Glinka.

Recital proceeds will benefit Webster's James Moroney Nigh Opera Scholarship fund. Tickets, which are available through Metrotix or at the door, are $35 for general seating; reserved seating at $75 includes a champagne reception with Johnson Cano after the performance.

Webster University students, faculty and staff, with valid ID, will be admitted free of charge, but tickets must be requested in advance no later than Thursday, Sept. 26 and collected in person from the Department of Music office by 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. No student or faculty/staff tickets will be available at the door. To request student or faculty/staff tickets, call 314-968-7032.

Since graduating from Webster in 2006, Johnson Cano has built an enviable list of operatic credits to her name. After being accepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the famed Metropolitan Opera in 2008, Johnson Cano made her Met debut the following year. Locally, Johnson Cano was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), and then promoted to her first-ever major professional role as Nicklausse in “The Tales of Hoffman” at OTSL in 2008.

Johnson Cano consistently delivers stunning recital debuts and receives rave reviews as well, including from such publications as “The New York Times” and the “Washington Post.” For example, music reviewer Zachary Woolfe of “The New York Times” wrote: "Character — individuality, a taste for risk — is the attribute some find lacking in young American singers, but Ms. Johnson Cano has it: an honesty and assurance so impressive that you want to call it bravery…Emotion suffused every moment of her eloquent, impassioned New York debut recital. She met with elegance and confidence all the challenges of a varied program...Hers is better than a good voice; it's an interesting one."

Following her Carnegie Hall debut in October 2013, Johnson Cano will return to the Met for the 2013-2014 season, with performances as Meg Page in “Falstaff” and Bersi in “Andrea Chenier.”