Deborah enjoys an international career as a mezzo-soprano working in all the main concert venues in the UK and abroad. She was a staff member of the BBC Singers for many years and then sang with the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, but now has a freelance career working with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Andrew Davies (Stravinsky’s Requiem Canticles), Trevor Pinnock in Bach’s St Matthew Passion in venues around the world and Sir Mark Elder in a recent recording of Donizetti's Duc d'Albe with Opera Rara.
Recent concerts include Brahms's Alto Rhapsody in Worcester Cathedral, the Verdi Requiem in Northampton and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in St Pancras Church in London as part of Eclectic Voices' anniversary celebrations. She is performing Mendelssohn's Elijah in St Albans Arena with Harpenden Choral Society on June 18th.
Other notable performances include The Dream of Gerontius (Ely Cathedral), Elijah (Toronto), Mozart’s C Minor Mass (Barbican), Britten's Spring Symphony (Cheltenham), Verdi Requiem (St George’s, Windsor), Mahler's Eighth Symphony (Royal Albert Hall) and Elgar's Music Makers in Cheltenham and Göttingen in Germany. She also performed the little known Messa per Rossini (by 13 Italian composers including Verdi) in St Albans Abbey.
She is a member of the Extra Chorus at the Royal Opera House and has taken part in many productions. In recent seasons she performed in Giordano's Andrea Chénier, Carmen (the ballet) with Carlos Acosta, Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Tannhäuser (Wagner) and the highly successful Oedipe (Enescu).
Commercial recordings include an excerpt from Carmen with acclaimed baritone Gerald Finley on his recital disc and settings of the Missa Brevis in D and Bflat by Mozart with St Albans Cathedral Choir under Andrew Lucas for Naxos. She has recorded the role of Betty Doxy in the Britten/Gay arrangement of The Beggars Opera, one of the Converse in the EMI recording of Suor Angelica, Arvo Pärt’s Stabat Mater, Maxwell Davies’ Resurrection, and Carl Rütti’s Magnificat for ASV.
Active in the contemporary repertoire, Deborah Miles-Johnson took the part of Caroline in Henze’s Elegy for young Lovers for Radio France at 3 days notice and recorded a solo on Judith Bingham’s CD Remoter Worlds with the BBC Singers. Other performances include the premiere of Brian Elias’s Laments with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jean Barraqué’s …au dela du hasard with Klangforum in Vienna, Satyagraha by Philip Glass at the Festival Hall and one of the secretaries in the first London performance of Nixon in China by John Adams with Kent Nagano and the LSO at the Barbican
When not singing she is vocal coach for many of the big London choirs, the Oxford Bach Choir, the St Albans Bach Choir, Chorus Master for Chelsea Opera Group and gives vocal workshops to choirs around the country and abroad. She visited the Hong Kong Bach Choir in 2011 and Sydney, Australia in December 2013 to work with the choristers in St Mary’s Cathedral and to give two workshops. She is also the conductor of her own choir, the prizewinning Imperial Male Voice Choir with whom she visited St Petersburg for three highly successful concerts.
Her diverse musical life includes a thriving teaching practice in St Albans and recording the backing music for some of the best known films of recent years including the latest Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean and How to train your Dragon 2!