After having worked as a microbiology analyst for several years, the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam with bass Charles van Tassel, where she was awarded her Performance Diploma. She later received coaching from Diane Forlano (London), Claudia Visca (Wuppertal) and Marlena Malas (New York). Her repertoire ranges from medieval music through all music of the baroque and classical eras, including opera, but also Lieder, French Romanticism and Contemporary music.
Johannette made her opera debut as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo with the Nationale Reisopera in October 1996. Since then she has made regular appearances in roles including Belinda, Pamina, La Musica, Euridice, Dalinda and Ilia, and also as Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
This season she will perform in solo Bach cantatas with the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra led by Skip Sempé, also a B minor Mass at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and she will travel to Tokyo to perform in several Messiah performances under Masaaki Susuki. Later this season she will perform Boccherini’s Stabat Mater in Montreal with the Arion Orchestre Baroque and in Bergen, Norway she will participate in Haydn’s Seven Last Words under Juanjo Mena.