Johanna Kalliokulju grew up in a small village in the south of Sweden. Her musical career started already as a five-year-old in the children’s choir, which later on led to her first singing lessons at the age of eleven. Then Johanna began to perform in different contexts and local singing competitions. The dream of becoming a singer led to studies at Lund Dance and Musical gymnasium, when she was sixteen, where she studied singing, dance and theater for three years. It was under these years she began to develop a taste for classical music and opera. This encouraged her to apply to Vadstena folkhögskola (an education focusing on interpretation of music in the romantic period, for singers and pianists), where she studied classical singing for two years. It was in Vadstena Johanna got to make her first operaroll, as Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta di Giardinera. After the time in Vadstena, Johanna gave the opportunity to take vocal lectures with teachers from University College of Opera in Stockholm, to further immerse herself in classical music. The following year she attended the University of Gothenburg, The Academy of Music and Drama (bachelor program in musical theatre). Where she is currently studying singing, dance and theater. Her first role at the school was Mrs. Pearce in the classical musical My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. She has also participated in the choir of Skånska Operan’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Johanna was in the ensemble of The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Gothenburg’s opera house.
In spring, 2020, She will be doing the Role of G in A Thousand Times Yes, an experimental, feminist chamber opera by Marja Athi, Jenny Kalliokulju and Essi Kausalainen at the Kaisama theatre in Helsingfors, Finland.