Takaoki Onishi, Baritone http://www.takaokionishi.com/
Baritone Takaoki Onishi is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most talented singers of his generation. A member of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center program, Mr. Onishi covered the title role in Eugene Onegin, and performed roles in Onegin, Les Troyens, and Carmen during the 2016-2017 season. During the spring/summer of 2017, he sang Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Elgin Symphony, as well as Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Grant Park Music Festival. He also returned to his native Japan for several concerts. Last season, in Chicago, Mr. Onishi shared a recital program with Renée Fleming and appeared in a Gala tribute to Plácido Domingo.
Mr. Onishi returns this season (2017-2018) for his third year with Chicago Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center program, where he will sing Marullo in Rigoletto and cover the roles of Riccardo in I Puritani, Zurga in Les Pêcheur des Perles, and Ping in Turandot. In his debut with the company, during the 2015-16 season, he created the role of Father Arguedas in the world premiere performances of Bel Canto, a production that was recorded and later telecast on PBS.
He also has had an impressive series of successes in major vocal competitions. He was the inaugural First Prize winner of the IFAC-Juilliard Prize Singing Competition in Japan, which provided him a full scholarship to attend The Juilliard School. In just one year (2013), 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.
|Bizet||Les Pêcheurs de Perles||Zurga*|
|Cimarosa||Il matrimonio segreto||Count Robinson|
|Gluck||Iphigénie en Aulide||Agamemnon|
|Gounod||Roméo et Juliette||Mercutio|
|Lopez||Father Arguedas||Bel Canto|
|Mozart||Cosi fan tutte||Guglielmo|
|Mozart||Don Giovanni||Don Giovanni|
|Mozart||Le Nozze di Figaro||Count Almaviva|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Figaro*|
|Rossini||La scala di seta||Blansac|
|J. S. Bach||St. Matthew Passion||Jesus|
|Beethoven||Symphony No. 9|
|Brahms||Ein Deutsches Requiem|
|Haydn||Die Schöpfung||Adam, Raphael|
|Schubert||Mass No. 2 in G|
|* In preparation|
Mr. Onishi possesses a baritone voice of fine quality, capable of expressive lyricism or of vivid declamation; the role of Kullervo demands both, and the baritone sang forth with distinction.
Takaoki Onishi (Count) looked and moved very well, displaying elegeant legato and polished phrasing.
“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.”
“A handsome pair of male leads engaged audience sympathy. Takaoki Onishi (Onegin) commands a remarkably attractive bel canto baritone with impressive dynamic span.”
“Takaoki Onishi made the role of Masetto unusually vivid.”
In “LA SCALA DI SETA” the rich baritone Takaoki Onishi was impressive as Blansac.”
Top Prize-winner Takaoki Onishi sang Silvio’s aria from I PAGLIACCI with ardent tone, and he truly possesses a baritone of stellar quality.”
“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
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.
Media"Ford's aria" from Finals of Premiere Opera Competiton, December 2018. (Followed by announcement of First Prize and Dmitry Hvorostovsly Prize, presented by Mrs. Hvorostovsky.)
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
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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