Joanne Lunn

Joanne Lunn


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Joanne is one of Britain’s leading Baroque sopranos in great demand throughout Europe. Her continued relationship with Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki) takes her to Japan and further afield regularly for both concert tours and recordings. Joanne also appears and records regularly with the Dunedin Consort (John Butt) as well as with Concerto Copenhagen, Tafelmusik (Toronto), Cappella Amsterdam, Ensemble Pygmalion and Knabenchor, Hannover. Joanne has also appeared regularly in concert in Moscow as well as with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Full Biography

Joanne Lunn studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where she was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal.

Joanne’s operatic engagements have included her ENO debut in Steven Pimlott’s production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea conducted by Harry Christophers, the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Venice conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and directed by David Pountney, a tour of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Spain and semi staged productions of Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Paris and for the Beijing International Music Festival (directed by Sir Jonathan Miller).

In concert, Joanne has performed in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Sir Roger Norrington, with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and with the LSO at the Barbican Hall. She has appeared as soloist in Messiah in the Halle Handel Festival, at St. Mark’s Venice, and with Bach Collegium Japan (Suzuki) and with the Mozarteum Orchester in Salzburg, as well as in Handel’s L’Allegro and Haydn’s Heiligmesse, Harmoniemesse and Paukenmesse with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Her busy concert schedule has also featured Bach’s Magnificat at the BBC Proms with the Academy of Ancient Music, and with Bach Collegium Japan, Rutter’s Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer, Haydn’s The Seasons with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Fauré’s Requiem in Toulouse directed by Marc Minkowski, Bach Mass in B Minor with Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki, with the Academy of Ancient Music in Alzenau and with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Minkowski, for the Akademie der alte Musik, and at the Sage, Gateshead. She has appeared in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor for the City of London Sinfonia and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Requiem in Moscow and at the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Purcell’s The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation and The Fairy Queen in Salzburg, Easter Oratorio with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales under Nicholas Kraemer, Nelson Mass for the Ulster Orchestra, Rutter Mass of the Children at St Paul’s Cathedral and at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Harmoniemesse for Scottish Chamber Orchestra, L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato at the Handel Festival in Göttingen, The Creation at Cadogan Hall and Zelenka’s Missa Votiva for Musik Podium Stuttgart, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Mahler 4th Symphony at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow. Further concert performances have ranged from Saul with Cappella Amsterdam and with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, to the first performances of J.C Bach’s Mailänder Vesperpsalmen with Concerto Köln at the Frauenkirche, Dresden, Bach Cantatas with Le Concert Lorrain, Belinda Dido & Aeneas in Warsaw, Israel in Egypt with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, St John Passion with Les Musiciens du Louvre (Minkowski) and Graun’s Der Tod Jesu with Collegium Vocale. She also appeared at the Niedersächsische Musiktage with Bach Collegium Japan in programmes of Bach Cantatas, and also in Christmas Oratorio at the Tonhalle, Zürich (Suzuki) and concerts with Bachakademie Stuttgart and Tafelmusik (Toronto).

Joanne features as a soloist on many CD recordings. Her discography includes Vivaldi’s Laudate Pueri with The King’s Consort (Hyperion), Haydn Masses with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir (Philips), John Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by the composer (Collegium), Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantatas cycle recorded during the Bach Pilgrimage in 2000 (Deutsche Grammophon/Soli Deo Gloria), Bach’s Easter Oratorio with Frieder Bernius and the Stuttgart Kammerchor (Carus), Bach Motets with The Hilliard Ensemble (ECM), Messiah with the RPO and John Rutter, Bach Wedding Cantata BWV 202 with Bach Collegium Japan (BIS), and Bach St John Passion with the Dunedin Consort (Linn), which was nominated for a Gramophone award.

Recent engagements include Fairy Queen at the Konzerthaus, Vienna, concerts at the Rhine Valley Music Festival, a series of concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival and Monteverdi Vespers with the Dunedin Consort.

Engagements in 2015/2016 include a tour of L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato with Rudolf Lutz, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), a US tour with Bach Collegium Japan, Messiah with Tafelmusik (Toronto), Israel in Egypt and St John Passion with Concerto Copenhagen and concerts with the Dunedin Consort and Knabenchor Hannover.

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Email: Agnieszka Mikus



Matthew Halls opens the 2015 Oregon Bach Festival

June 25th, 2015

The Artistic Director makes the journey from Creation to Resurrection.

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‘Tis the Season: A Festive Tour for Joanne Lunn and James Gilchrist

December 10th, 2014

Hazard Chase Singers join the Windsbacher Knabenchor for Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

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Gramophone Recording of the Month

February 22nd, 2013

Joanne Lunn features on the Dunedin Consort’s latest release.

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Handel ACIS & GALATEA, Dunedin Consort, Lammermuir Festival

“Fresh from winning a Gramophone Award for their latest recording (Mozart’s Requiem), the Dunedins only seem to get better and better. Their academic credentials are long established and increasingly they seem to be letting loose. This performance brought out the flamboyant best in the musicians and the music.  Joanne Lunn was on great form as Galatea”
Kate Molleson, The Herald, (Sept’14)

Mozart REQUIEM, Dunedin Consort, John Butt (Linn)

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Discography & Repertoire


Although two of the works on this disc were composed for weddings, they are completely different in character. Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten is a garland of recitatives and arias for soprano solo in which Spring, Flora, Apollo and Amor are all invoked in a blessing of the newly wedded couple and their union. The Quodlibet on the other hand, is an altogether unceremonious composition which was probably intended for a private function in Bach’s own circle or family. The third disc in Bach Collegium Japan’s series of secular cantatas also includes a birthday cantata composed in the honour of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen, Bach’s employer during years 1717–23. Durchlauchtster Leopold. Masaaki Suzuki conducts Bach Collegium Japan with Joanne Lunn (soprano) and Roderick Williams (baritone).

BIS (2013)


A contextualised recording of Bach’s St John Passion, which has been heralded as the first recording of the work in its original format.  The disc was chosen as Recording of the Month in the March 2013 edition of Gramophone magazine.  Dunedin Consort directed by John Butt



Includes Hunt Cantata, Sinfonia in F Major and Die Zeit, Die Tag und Jahre macht with Joanne Lunn (soprano), Sophie Junker (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone) and Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

BIS (2012)

J.C. Bach – MAILÄNDER VESPERPSALMENlunn_disc_bach_mailander

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Elena Biscuola, Georg Poplutz and Thomas Bauer with Concerto Köln and the South German Chamber Choir.  Conducted by Gerhard Jenemann
CARUS (2011)

Zelenka – MISSA VOTIVAlunn_disc_zelenca

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Daniel Taylor, Johannes Kaleschke and Thomas Bauer.  Conducted by Frieder Bernius with the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra

CARUS (2009)

J.S Bach – CANTATAS VOL.13lunn_disc_bach_cant_vol13

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Dietrich Henschel, Hetna Regitze Bruun, Brigitte Geller, William Towers and Michael Chance. Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists

SDG (2009)

Handel – MESSIAHlunn_disc_handel_messiah

Cast includes Christopher Purves, Joanne Lunn, Melanie Marshall and James Gilchrist.  Conducted by John Rutter with the Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.



Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Peter Harvey, Robin Tyson, William Towers, James Gilchrist and Gilliam Keith.  Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists

SDG (2006)


Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Peter Harvey, William Towers and James Gilchrist.  Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists

SDG (2005)

Vivaldi – SACRED MUSIC VOL.10lunn_disc_vivaldi_sacred

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Hilary Summers, Robin Blaze, Carolyn Sampson, Joyce DiDonato and Tuva Semmingsen.  Conducted by Robert King with the King’s Consort



Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Brindley Sherratt, Sara Mingardo and Topi Lehtipiuu.  Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists

DECCA (UMO) (2003)

Rutter – MASS OF THE CHILDRENlunn_disc_rutter_mass

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Karen Jones, Roderick Williams, the Cambridge Singers and the Cantate Youth Choir.  Conducted by John Rutter with the City of London Sinfonia



Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Gutthold Schwarz and Jan Kabow.  Conducted by Frieder Bernius with the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra

CARUS (2000)

Handel – SILLA

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, James Bowman, Simon Baker, Rachel Nicholls, Natasha Marsh, Elizabeth Cragg and Christopher Dixon.  Conducted by Denys Darlow with the London Handel Orchestra

SOMM (2000)

J.S Bach – CANTATAS BWV 72/73/111/156

Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Sara Mingardo, Stephen Varcoe, and Julian Podger.  Conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the English Baroque Soloists

DECCA (UMO) (2000)


Cast includes Joanne Lunn, Helen Parker, Julia Gooding, William Purefoy, Andrew King, Roderick Williams, and Simon Grant.  Conducted by Phillip Pickett with Musicians of the Globe.


Artist Manager

John McHugh (Cambridge)
01223 706024

Assistant Artist Manager

Agnieszka Mikus (Cambridge)
01223 706026