Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura has firmly established herself as one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. Nakamura first shot to prominence as a Jette Parker Young Artist when she stepped in to replace Anna Netrebko as Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Since then she has made notable debuts in Europe, Asia, North and South America, capturing worldwide acclaim for her assured singing and artistic intensity, and for the last four seasons was an ensemble member at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich.
In the 2016/17 season, Nakamura makes an anticipated debut as Mimi in La Boheme with the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile. Audiences in her native Japan can see her as Susanna Le nozze di Figaro with both New National Theatre Tokyo and Hyogo performing Arts Centre. On the concert platform she sings Beethoven 9 with the Japan and Osaka Philharmonic Orchestras.
An alumna of the Osaka College of Music, Nakamura was a member of the Opera Studio at the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Opera Studio Nederland and the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House.
In 2009 she reached the finals of both the Song and Orchestra Prizes at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World and, upon her graduation from Jette Parker she returned to Covent Garden to sing Susanna Le nozze di Figaro under Sir Colin Davis and as Sophie Werther under Antonio Pappano, which was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon for commercial release on CD and Liu Turandot released on DVD by Opus Arte.
In September 2010 Nakamura joined the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Her roles there have included Susanna, Pamina, Zerlina and Giulietta in a new production under Yves Abel, Arbate Mitridate rei di Ponto, also a new production under Ivor Bolton and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel.
In 2011 she debuted at Deutsche Oper Berlin the role of Liù in Turandot, which became soon after her signature role. She went on to perform it at Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera de Oviedo, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse and Royal Opera House, all to great acclaim. Other recent role debuts include Juliette Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Adina L’elisir d’amore and Xenia in a new production of Boris Godunov, later released on DVD, at Bayerische Staatsoper, her role debut as Gilda Rigoletto Royal Opera House and Salzburg.
Recent concert engagements include performances of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No.4 and Rossini’s Stabat Mater under Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, St Cecilia Mass with Alain Altinoglou and Orchestre National de France, Dvorak’ Stabat Mater with the Czech Philharmonic, Bruckner Te Deum at the Vatican in Rome, Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Woglinde Das Rheingold with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden, and a recital for the prestigious Rosenblatt Series in London.
Najade Ariadne auf Naxos / Woglinde Götterdämmerung / Gretel Hänsel und Gretel / Zerlina Don Giovanni / Vierte Magd Elektra / Xenia Boris Godunov / Frasquita Carmen
Dvořák Stabat Mater
L'enfant et les sortilèges
Giuletta I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Juliette Roméo et Juliette
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel
Antonia Les contes d'Hoffmann
Title role Manon
Pamina Die Zauberflöte
Despina Così fan tutte
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro
Zerlina / Donna Elvira Don Giovanni
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi
Mimi / Musetta La bohème
Woglinde Das Rheingold
Angel, Symphony No.8
1st or 2nd soprano, Mass in C minor
Petite messe solonnelle
Vier letzte Lieder*
Acht Lieder und Gesänge Op.57
Siete canciones populares
Frauenliebe und Leben
Best of the cast was Eri Nakamura, whose Liù had a creamy high register, seamless control, bright agility and a great sense of dignity. She rightly earned the audience’s wildest cheers at the end of the night.
The beautifully sung and touchingly acted Liù of Eri Nakamura reminds us of how much better Puccini’s lines sound when the notes are joined together and given light and shade.
...a wonderfully characterful singer – both in terms of the voice itself, but also her charming ability to step swiftly and convincingly into a role.