Takaoki Onishi - Baritone

Takaoki Onishi, Baritone http://www.takaokionishi.com/

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. Most recently, he was named First Prize winner in the 2015 Giulio Gari Competition. 

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. in 2013-14, 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. In Summer 2014, 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 made his Carnegie Hall debut, as the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' HODIE with The Cecilia Chorus, returning there in spring 2015 to sing CARMINA BURANA with Oratorio Society of New York. Also in April of that year he sang the role of The Count in Juilliard’s production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO.

In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Onishi joined the prestigious Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his debut with the company creating the role of Father Arguedas, in the very successful World Premiere of BEL CANTO. This production was recorded for future telecast on PBS. He then sang Paris (and covered Mercutio) in ROMEO ET JULIETTE.

He returns to the Ryan Center for the 2016-17 season.

Opera Repertoire

Composer Opera Role
Bellini I Puritani Riccardo*
Bizet Les Pêcheurs de Perles Zurga*
Cimarosa Il matrimonio segreto Count Robinson
Donizetti Roberto Devereux Nottingham
Donizetti Don Pasquale Malatesta
Gluck Iphigénie en Aulide Agamemnon
Gounod Faust Valentin*
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Mercutio
Handel Radamisto Tiridate
Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Silvio*
Lopez Father Arguedas Bel Canto
Massenet Cendrillon Pandolfe
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Guglielmo
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
Mozart Don Giovanni Masetto
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Count Almaviva
Puccini La Boheme Marcello*
Puccini Turandot Ping*
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Figaro*
Rossini La Cenerentola Dandini
Rossini La scala di seta Blansac
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Onegin
Verdi Falstaff Ford

Concert Repertoire

Composer Composition Role
J. S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Jesus
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Handel Messiah
Haydn Die Schöpfung Adam, Raphael
Orff Carmina Burana
Schubert Mass No. 2 in G
Vaughan Williams Hodie
* In preparation

Press Acclaim


Opera News

​Takaoki Onishi (Count) looked and moved very well, displaying elegeant legato and polished phrasing.

David Shengold, Gay City News

“Takaoki Onishi chosen as New Artist of the Month by Musical America Worldwide



“Takaoki Onishi sang Jesus (Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION) in a strong but pliant voice, as he did Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s EUGENE ONEGIN last month at Juilliard.”

New York Times

“A handsome pair of male leads engaged audience sympathy. Takaoki Onishi (Onegin) commands a remarkably attractive bel canto baritone with impressive dynamic span.”

David Shengold, Gay City News

“Takaoki Onishi made the role of Masetto unusually vivid.”

Opera News

In “LA SCALA DI SETA” the rich baritone Takaoki Onishi was impressive as Blansac.”

New York Times

Top Prize-winner Takaoki Onishi sang Silvio’s aria from I PAGLIACCI with ardent tone, and he truly possesses a baritone of stellar quality.”

Brooklyn Eagle

“His talent was unquestionable…displaying his ample lyric baritone.”


Onishi’s deep, smooth and tender voice, conveyed the poignancy of Thomas Hardy’s “Oxen,” turning centuries-old winter-season faith into transcendent human hope. Onishi’s account of George Herbert’s exultant “Pastoral” soared: it was operatic in its passionate scope and ineffably faith-filled, ending with a final line – “and my music shine” – that was huge and exquisite.- Jean Ballard Terepka

Theater Scene

Baritone Takaoki Onishi performed a wide-ranging operatic concert to the audience’s delight. The baritone range of Mr. Onishi’s voice filled the hall and touched everyone in the audience; his stage presence was well beyond his youthful years. Sarasota is extremely fortunate to have Mr. Onishi perform at our glorious theater.



WQXR Greatest Young Singers
Takaoki Onishi, Jonathan Ware, Piano Largo al Factotum from Il barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini, IMA, July, 2013

Takaoki Onishi and Deanna Breiwick, Jonathan Ware, Piano, Pronta io son, Don Pasquale, Donizetti, IMA, July, 2013

Onegin's Act 1 aria from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin"

Kuchinashi (Gardenia), Japanese song

Takaoki Onishi - Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer

Juilliard Opera Presents 'Le nozze di Figaro'

López's BEL CANTO at Lyric Opera of Chicago

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