Takaoki Onishi

Baritone

Takaoki Onishi

Bio

Takaoki Onishi

Third-year baritone Takaoki Onishi, from Tokyo, Japan, 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 IFAC-Juilliard 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, the title role/Eugene Onegin, and the Count/Le nozze di Figaro. In 2014 Onishi created the leading role of The Timeless Man in the world premiere of Marty Regan’s The Memory Stone with Houston Grand Opera’s East+West program. Recent concert appearances include the Elgin Symphony, The Cecilia Chorus and the Oratorio Society of New York (the latter two at Carnegie Hall), and he returns to the Grant Park Music Festival this summer. A former fellowship student of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Onishi has also participated in Japan’s Musashino Academia Musicae and Germany’s Internationale Meistersinger Akademie. After debuting in Lyric’s 2015/16 world premiere of Bel Canto, he has been featured in Roméo et Juliette, Les Troyens, Don Quichotte, Carmen, and Eugene Onegin.

This upcoming season Onishi will perform in Rigoletto.


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