Takaoki Onishi


The three-year Ryan Opera Center baritone, a native of Tokyo, has recently received top awards from the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, the Opera Index, Inc. Vocal Competition, the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, and the Giulio Gari Foundation Competition. As the inaugural first-prize winner of the IFACJuilliard Prize Singing Competition in Japan, he received a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School, where he appeared in Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Kommilitonen! (U.S. premiere), La scala di seta, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin (title role), and The Marriage of Figaro. In 2014 Onishi created the leading role of The Timeless Man/Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone (world premiere) with Houston Grand Opera’s East+West program. Recent concert appearances include the Grant Park Music Festival, Elgin Symphony, The Cecilia Chorus, and the Oratorio Society of New York (the latter two at Carnegie Hall). A graduate of Japan’s Musashino Academia Musicae, the baritone has participated in Germany’s Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. Takaoki Onishi is sponsored by the Renée Fleming Foundation and the International Foundation for Arts and Culture.

Previously at Lyric: Seven roles since 2015|16, most recently Marullo/Rigoletto (2017|18); Captain/Eugene Onegin, Moralès/Carmen, First Servant/Don Quichotte (all 2016|17).

Last updated: October 7, 2017