ARTISTS

Soprano AMOU Akie

PROFILE

Akie Amou´s marvelous lyrical coluratura soprano voice brought her popular acclaim both in her home country of Japan and abroad.
 
A graduate from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Opera Institute, she completed her studies at the Nikikai Opera Studio program and received training from Toshiko Toda and Francis Simar. In 1993, after earning the Japanese Government Oversea Study Program for Artists sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, she studied at the University of Stuttgart. Her studies abroad continued in Berlin for two more years, upon winning the 1995 Gotoh Memorial Foundation´s Cultural Award,given to the most exciting opera debutantes. While there, she was honored with the highest award at the 3rd Queen Sonja International Music Competition, for which she gained public attention and has since made Stuttgart, Germany her musical base. Ms. Amou is also the winner of the 1999 Arion Prize and 2003 Nippon Steel Music Award´s Promising New Artist Prize.
 
This season, she returned for performances with Sawallisch and the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Mendelssohn´s Elijah), James Conlon and Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden (Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem), the Japanese premiere of the opera Kojiki by Mayuzumi at Suntory Hall, Händel´s Deidamia at the Halle Opera, and in the role Waldvogel (Siegfried) with the Deutsches Staatsoper Berlin and Barenboim.
 
Future performances include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos with the New Japan Philharmonic), Mahler´s Symphony No. 8 (China Philharmonic), Schubert´s Missa Solemnis (NHK Symphony Orchestra/Sawallisch), and in productions at Komische Oper Berlin (Mozart´s Die Zauberflöte and Ligeti´s Le Grand Macabre) and the New National Theater Tokyo (Strauss´ Arabella).
 
Other seasons, her highlights include; much-acclaimed Grand Théâtre de Genève debut; Deutsche Bachsolisten conducted by Winschermann in Weihnachts-Oratorium; Tancredi at Bad Wildbad; Germany´s Bel Canto Opera Festival ”Rossini in Wildbad”; Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos, Rheinsberg Music Festival/Thielemann), and more. Her engagements have led her to performances with such eminent conductors as Ton Koopman, Gustav Kuhn, Alberto Zedda, Helmut Winschermann, Michiyoshi Inoue, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Christian Thielemann, and Seiji Ozawa.
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