Joanne Lunn

Joanne Lunn

"A voice like spun gold, and a face full of conviction"

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Joanne is one of Britain’s leading Baroque sopranos in great demand throughout Europe and features as a soloist on many CD recordings. Prominent appearances have included concerts in many of the world’s leading venues including the Mariinsky Concert Hall, St Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow, St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Frauenkirche, Dresden, Carnegie Hall, New York and Suntory Hall, Tokyo.  Joanne works regularly with Bach Collegium Japan (Suzuki), Concerto Copenhagen (Mortensen), Ensemble Pygmalion (Pichon) and Tafelmusik, Toronto.


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 English National Opera 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 London Symphony Orchestra 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), concerts with Bachakademie Stuttgart and Tafelmusik (Toronto), 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 and Israel in Egypt and St John Passion with Concerto Copenhagen.

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 highlights include Mozart, Mahler and New Year in Vienna with the Hallé Orchestra, Creation with Warsaw Philharmonic, Ottone with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Handel Silete Venti and Il Delirio amoroso with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and a recording of the Brockes Passion with Concerto Copenhagen. Mass in B Minor on tour in France & Germany with Ensemble Pygmalion, L’Allegro at Kölner Philharmonie with Kölner Kammerorchester and St John Passion both in Essen and with the Gewandhausorchester in Leipzig.

Engagements in 2019/2020 include Bach “Hunt Cantata” with Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo, Mozart Requiem with Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Mass in C Minor with Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Early Music Vancouver and later in Tokyo with Bach Collegium Japan, Israel in Egypt in Hanover, Triumph of Time & Truth for the London Handel Festival, Easter Oratorio in Essen, St Matthew Passion with BCJ, Mass in B Minor with Müpa Budapest, Handel Il Delirio Amoroso at the Opernhaus Zürich, Bach Cantatas in St Gallen, Bach Masses/Cantatas with Concerto Copenhagen in Stuttgart and a Handel Concert with Musica Viva in Moscow.

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: Elin Jones



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Mozart MASS IN C MINOR – St Louis Symphony Orchestra

“On Soprano II, Joanne Lunn impressed mightily with a warm sound, impressive coloratura and attention to the words. She and Sampson blended well in their duet “Domine Deus.”

Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (November 2019)

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Theatre of the Ayre “Inventing Bel Canto” – Wigmore Hall

“Take Joanne Lunn, one of those sunshine sopranos, noble in purity and expressive zeal, with bull’s-eye top notes that can make an audience gasp. She lit up the sky, whether wriggling her way through excitable duets, threading a path through complex ensembles, or exquisitely navigating Francesca Caccini’s song with the gloomy refrain: “Leave me to die.””
Geoff Brown , The Times (April 2018)

Handel MESSIAH – St John’s Smith Square

“Joanne Lunn, a ravishing soprano. Hers is a voice like spun gold, and a face full of conviction, perfect for the hushed wonder of a line such as “I know that my Redeemer liveth”. She wholeheartedly embraced every word.”
Hannah Nepil, The Financial Times

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Bach Cantatas & Magnificat – Bach Collegium Japan European Tour (Saffron Hall)

“Soprano Joanne Lunn communicates sheer joy every time she sings”
Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk

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.

Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post (November 2015)

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Jordan Hall, Boston – Bach Collegium Japan US Tour

Lunn sang with a soft, rosy, and almost boyish tone that brought warm resonance to the “Et in terra pax.” She was also capable of mining the internal emotional shades of this music. The free-flowing lines of “Domine Deus” were given dramatic weight through light and dark shading, and the phrases of “Miserere nobis” sounded with a touch of yearning. Those characteristics also marked Lunn’s performance of Bach’s cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen
Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review (November 2015)

Rockefeller Chapel, Chicago– Bach Collegium Japan US Tour

The statuesque Lunn possesses a boyish timbre suitable for this repertory and displayed the agility and high notes to sail easily through the coloratura fireworks.
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review  (November 2015)

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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)

“Soprano Joanne Lunn’s tone is well nourished, with vibrato deployed judiciously to colour selected notes or phrases”
David Threasher, Gramophone (Recording of the Month), (May 2014)

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Discography & Repertoire


Joanne Lunn (soprano), Robin Blaze (counter-tenor), Nicholas Phan (tenor), Katsahiko Nakashima (tenor), Christian Immler (baritone) and Dominik Wörner (bass-baritone) with Bach Collegium Japan conducted by Masaaki Suzuki

BIS (2018)


Dunedin Consort led by John Butt.  Joanne Lunn, Mary Bevan (soprano), Clare Wilkinson Ciara Hendrick (mezzos), Nicholas Mulroy, Thomas Hobbs (tenors) and Matthew Brook, Konstantin Wolff (bass-baritones)

LINN (2016)


Concerto Copenhagen conducted by Lars Ulrik Mortensen in the Mass in B Minor BWV 232

CPO (2016)

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