Takaoki Onishi Baritone
About Takaoki OnishiBaritone Takaoki Onishi made his NCO debut last season as Morálès in Carmen. He recently made his successful debut as the title role in Eugene Onegin at Seiji Ozawa Festival under the baton of Fabio Luisi, making him the first Japanese singer ever to sing the leading role in the festival. His 2019-20 season’s engagements include Don Fernando in Fidelio with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Brahams’s Ein Deutsches Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and the company debut in Madama Butterfly at Opera Philadelphia. He will also return to his native Japan for various concerts, including Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
He 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.