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Eri Nakamura

Soprano

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    2016-17 season / 585 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Season highlights

Najade Ariadne auf Naxos / Woglinde Götterdämmerung / Gretel Hänsel und Gretel / Zerlina Don Giovanni / Vierte Magd Elektra / Xenia Boris Godunov / Frasquita Carmen
Bayerische Staatsoper


Dvořák Stabat Mater
Czech Philharmonic 


L'enfant et les sortilèges
Bayerischer Rundfunk  

Opera repertoire

Bellini
Giuletta I Capuleti e I Montecchi 


Bizet
Micaëla Carmen 


Donizetti
L'elisir d'amore 


Gounod
Juliette Roméo et Juliette 
Marguerite Faust*


Humperdinck
Gretel Hänsel und Gretel 


Offenbach
Antonia Les contes d'Hoffmann 


Massenet
Title role Manon 
Sophie Werther 


Mozart
Ilia Idomeneo 
Pamina Die Zauberflöte 
Despina Così fan tutte 
Susanna Le nozze di Figaro 
Zerlina / Donna Elvira Don Giovanni 


Puccini
Lauretta Gianni Schicchi 
Mimi / Musetta La bohème 
Liù Turandot 


Verdi
Gilda Rigoletto 
Desdemona Otello*


Wagner
Woglinde Das Rheingold 


*in preparation

Concert repertoire

Brahms 
Requiem


Canteloube
Chants d'Auvergne 


Fauré
Requiem


Haydn
Creation 


Mahler
Symphony No.2
Symphony No.4
Angel, Symphony No.8


Mozart
Concert Arias
Exultate Jubilate
1st or 2nd soprano, Mass in C minor
Requiem
Coronation Mass 


Poulenc
Gloria 


Ravel
Shéhérazade*


Rossini
Petite messe solonnelle 
Stabat Mater


Strauss, R.
Vier letzte Lieder*


*in preparation 

Recital repertoire

Brahms
Liebeslieder-Walzer
Acht Lieder und Gesänge Op.57


Debussy
Fêtes galantes
Ariettes oubliées


Duparc
Mélodies


De Falla
Siete canciones populares


Fauré
Mélodies


Grieg
Lieder


Mahler
Kindertotenlieder
Rückert-Lieder


Respighi
Deita silvane


Schubert
Lieder


Schumann
Frauenliebe und Leben


Schumann, C.
Song Cycles


Strauss, R.
Lieder Op.10
Lieder Op.22
Lieder Op.27
Lieder Op.67


Wolf
Song Cycles
Italienisches Liederbuch
Spanisches Liederbuch
Lieder 

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.

Opera

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.

Times

...a wonderfully characterful singer – both in terms of the voice itself, but also her charming ability to step swiftly and convincingly into a role.

Gramophone

Intermusica represents Eri Nakamura worldwide

Maria Mot
Associate Director, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9904
mmot@intermusica.co.uk

Evangeline Parker
Administrator, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937
eparker@intermusica.co.uk

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Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Rupert Enticknap

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles