The father of the Canadian tenor and impresario, Edward Johnson (Edoardo di Giovanni), hoped he would become a lawyer, but in 1899 he went to New York to study music.
In 1902 Edward Johnson was the hero in De Koven's Maid Marian in Boston, and he starred on Broadway in 1908 in Straus's A Waltz Dream. On Caruso's advice he went to Florence in 1909 to work with Vincenzo Lombardi.
Edward Johnson left Italy to become the leading tenor of the Chicago Opera from 1919 to 1922, making his debut there as Loris in Fedora.
Edward Johnson's musicianship, romantic appearance and ability to project a character were coupled with a lyric voice of good quality and range, a sound technique and a seldom-used but easy high E.