Edward Johnson 1878-1959 - Ontario Heritage Trust

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Edward Johnson 1878-1959

Edward Johnson, one of the world's leading operatic tenors, was born in Guelph and lived for many years in a house that stood near this site. He studied in Italy and made his European debut in 1912 at Padua. During eight seasons, he performed leading roles in Rome and at La Scala Theatre, Milan and, following extensive tours of Europe and South America, he joined the Chicago Opera Company in 1920. He became a principle member of the Metropolitan Opera Company, New York in 1922, and from 1935-50 was general manager of the Metropolitan Opera Association. For many years, he was also chairman of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. On retirement, he devoted his time to the encouragement of young Canadian artists.

Location

In Riverside Park near the site of his former home, Woolwich Street, Guelph

Region: Southwestern Ontario

County/District: County of Wellington

Municipality: City of Guelph

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