Black-and-white photo of three opera singers
Johnson performing in Temple University Opera Theater's Così fan tutte in the early 1980s
Photo: Courtesy of Jamie Johnson

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in wishing a hearty congratulations to Jamie Johnson as he retires on July 1 after 43 years as part of the Temple community. Jamie’s endless hours of dedication to Temple University Opera Theater have supported countless productions and numerous awards for our program.

Jamie came to Temple in 1979 as a Radio-Television-Film major as part of an exchange program with Messiah University. He received his bachelor’s degree and went on to complete Master of Music degrees in voice and opera performance, singing ten roles in Temple University Opera Theater productions. After that, he worked in our program for the next 35 years in various positions including Production Manager, Technical Director, Producer and Director of Opera Production.

Outside of Temple, Jamie worked for a time at The Curtis Institute of Music as coordinator of the Voice and Opera Department and as the Assistant Production Manager for The Pennsylvania Opera Theater. All told, he estimates that he has worked on well over 100 productions as well as scenes programs and touring programs.

Jamie’s service has had an incredible impact on our program and on many, many students over the last several decades.

Thank you, Jamie, for all that you have done, and we wish you all the best in your retirement.


Robert Stroker
Dean and Vice Provost