Takaoki Onishi, baritone
A native of Tokyo, Japan, baritone Takaoki Onishi is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most talented singers of his generation. In just one year, he won the Top Prize in Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, and the First Prize in both the Opera Index, Inc. Vocal Competition and the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. He also received a prize in the 2013 Loren L. Zachary Competition, as well as grants from the Guilio Gari Foundation.
Mr. Onishi is also the inaugural First prize winner of IFAC-Juilliard Prize Singing Competition in Japan, which provided him a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard School. At Juilliard, he appeared in the American Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ KOMMILITONEN!, as well as singing Blansac in LA SCALA DI SETA and Masetto in DON GIOVANNI. Most recently, he sang the title role in EUGENE ONEGIN at Juilliard. He also sang the role of Jesus in ST. MATTHEW PASSION at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Mr. Onishi’s performances in these two works were met with acclaim by both the public and press, including the NY Times.
In spring 2013, he created a leading role in the world premiere of Marty Roger’s THE MEMORY STONE with Houston Grand Opera’s East/West program. In January, 2014, Mr. Onishi returned to Tokyo to give a recital for a Sold Out audience. This summer, he joined the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, to cover the role of Ford in FALSTAFF, conducted by Fabio Luisi.
In the 2014-15 season, he will make his Carnegie Hall debut, as the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' HODIE with The Cecilia Chorus, returning in spring 2015 to sing CARMINA BURANA with Oratorio Society of New York.
For the 2015-16 season, Mr. Onishi has been selected to join the prestigious Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.