Takaoki Onishi Baritone
About Takaoki OnishiBaritone Takaoki Onishi is an alumnus of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center. At Lyric Opera, he appeared in productions of Eugene Onegin, Les Troyens, Carmen, Rigoletto, and the world premiere of Bel Canto. In Chicago, he also shared a recital program with Renée Fleming and appeared in a Gala tribute to Plácido Domingo. Mr. Onishi has sung Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Elgin Symphony and Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina at the Grant Park Music Festival. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall as the baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams's Hodie with The Cecilia Chorus and in Carmina Burana with Oratorio Society of New York.
Mr. Onishi has won several major vocal competitions. Last fall, he won the Grand Prize and the Dmitri Hvorostovsky Memorial Career Grant in the Premiere Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition. He won the Top Prize in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, First Prize in Opera Index, Inc. Vocal Competition and First Prize in the Licia Albanese-Puccini International Vocal Competition. 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. At Juilliard, he sang the title role in Eugene Onegin, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Blansac in La Scala di Seta. He sang the role of Jesus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passionat Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.