Jemeesa Yarborough



Baritone Takaoki Onishi made his NCO debut in the dual roles Dancaïre and Moralès in Carmen (2019) and returned to the company as Silvio in Pagliacci (2020).

Recent performances include the title role in Eugene Onegin (Seiji Ozawa Festival) and Don Fernando in Fidelio (NHK Symphony). On the concert stage he has performed Mozart’s Requiem (Spring Festival in Toyko), Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Vienna, Tokyo, and Beijing), Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (The Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall), and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (Osaka). He also appeared at the New Year’s Gala with the NHK Symphony. 


He is a former member of the Ryan Opera Ensemble of Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his debut there as Father Arguedas in the world premiere production of Jimmy López’s Bel Canto, which was later telecast on PBS. He remained with the company for three seasons and appeared in RigolettoLes Troyens, and Roméo et Juliette.

Mr. Onishi has won top prizes in many vocal competitions, including Opera Index, Gerda Lissner, Giulio Gari, the Premiere Opera International Competition, and IFAC-Juilliard Singing Competition. At Juilliard he sang the roles of Eugene Onegin, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Blansac in Rossini’s La scala di seta.