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.
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 Massin 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.
Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version. Email: Agnieszka Mikus
Library of Congress, Washington – Bach Collegium Japan US Tour
At the heart of the program were two soprano blockbusters, both sung with limpid clarity and sensitive phrasing by Joanne Lunn. A setting of the “Gloria” in B-flat, attributed by some scholars to Handel, but not without controversy, stood out as much for the plaintive repetitions of “Miserere nobis” in the “Qui tollis” movement as for the pyrotechnics of its finale. In Bach’s Cantata 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” Lunn placed the high C’s like little bursts of energy, while still keeping a boyish lightness in the many clearly delineated runs. The Washington Post, Charles T. Downey (Nov’15)
Jordan Hall, Boston – Bach Collegium Japan US Tour
Bach Collegium Japan with Masaaki Suzuki perform BWV 213 & 214 with Joanne Lunn (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Makoto Sakurada (tenor) and Dominik Wörner (bass)
J.S. Bach – MAGNIFICAT
The Dunedin Consort’s latest CD of the Magnificat in E flat – also includes the Christmas Cantata 63
LINN RECORDS (2015)
Bach – LUTHERAN MASSES
Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki with soloists including Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze and Gerd Türk
J.S. BACH – SECULAR CANTATAS (Vol. 3)
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).