Takaoki Onishi, Baritone
A native of Tokyo, Japan, baritone Takaoki Onishi is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most promising singers of his generation. In just the past year, he won the Top Prize in the 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 two Grants from the Giulio Gari Foundation.
Mr. Onishi is also an inaugural First Prize winner of IFAC-Juilliard Prize Singing Competition in Japan, which provided him a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School, studying with Dr. Robert C. White, Jr. He recently received his Graduate Diploma. While at Juilliard, he appeared in the American Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ KOMMILITONEN!, and also sang the roles of Blansac in LA SCALA DI SETA and Masetto in DON GIOVANNI.
He made his Lincoln Center debut in the Juilliard Vocal Arts Honors Recital at Alice Tully Hall. He has been awarded a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and he received the Makiko Narumi Prize for Outstanding Singer by The Juilliard School. He continues his training next semester in Artist Diploma in Opera Study (ADOS) at Juilliard.
Mr. Onishi earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo. While there, he performed the title role in DON GIOVANNI and Guglielmo in COSI FAN TUTTE, as well as singing the roles of Adam and Raphael in Haydn’s DIE SCHOEPFUNG.
In the spring of 2013, Mr. Onishi created the leading male role in the successful World Premiere of Marty Regan’s new opera , THE MEMORY STONE, which was presented by the Houston Grand Opera’s East/ West program.
In addition to opera, he also devotes time to the concert and song repertoire. This spring in New York, he sang in two concerts with the prestigious “Schubert & Company” series, as well as appearing as baritone soloist in Schubert’s Mass No. 2 at Rockefeller University and in Brahms Requiem with West Village Chorale in New York..
He spent the past summer with the IMA ( International Meistersinger Akademie) in Germany, where he had the opportunity to study a wide variety of repertoire (from Handel and Verdi to German lieder and Gershwin) with the highest level of conductors, teachers and coaches. He sang concerts with the Munich Radio Orchestra and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, as well as in several recitals.
Highlights of Mr. Onishi's 2013-14 season will include singing the title role in EUGENE ONEGIN with Juilliard Opera and Jesus in ST. MATTHEW PASSION with Juilliard . He will also return to Japan to sing in several concerts of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, as well as a solo recital in Tokyo.