Dear Tom and listers,
Please don't forget the brightest new star,Yasuharu Nakajima,
a Japanese young tenor,
who has just debuted in the role of Rodolfo(La Boheme) at La Scala
under the direction of Bartoletti.this February.
He was taught by his father,Motoharu Nakajima at Tokyo and then by
Gianni Raimondi at Bologna.
He was the finalist at 1999 Concorso Internazionale Franco Corelli,
3rd place winner at 2000 Ferruccio Tagliavini Concorso,
but has jumped up at La Scala Production last year,playing the role
of Riccardo of "Oberto" which was the first Riccardo at La Scala
since Gianni Poggi has sung the same role in 1951.
On February 1, in the famous production of Zeffirelli,
Yasuharu Nakajima's Rodolfo was a sensation.
It was reported that one of the audiences lost her mind after
hearing his truely poetic and charmant "Che gelida manina".
Tom has mentioned another superb Japanese tenor,Taro Ichihara .
Ichihara is one of the great interpreters of Verdi repertoir,
especially in the role of Riccardo of "Un ballo in maschera".
In my opinion,Nakajima's artisty now suits for Belcanto roles
just like Arturo of "I Puritani", Ernesto of "Don Pasquale",
Duke of Mantova of "Rigoletto", but he(26 years old) may be a great
interpreter of Guartiero of "Il Pirata" in near future.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Kaufman" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:22 AM
Subject: Re: Is it hard for Asians to become opera singers???
> In a message dated 02/10/2003 9:43:33 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> > Please forgive any spelling errors in the following, as I do not
> > have my programs with me here at work and these names are
> > sometimes transliterated differently in different countries.
> > Tenors Jianyi Zhang and Jeon-Won Lee, sopranos Hei-kyung
> > Hong (currently one of the most appreciated singers at the MET),
> > Yoko Watanabe, Gui-ping Deng, Ai-lan Zhu, Eun Young Oh
> > Young-ok Shin, and Sumi Jo, baritones C.Y. Lao, Yalun Zhang and
> > Haijing Fu, basses Hao-jiang Tian and Philip Kang (heard at the
> > Bayreuth Festival as Hagen), mezzos Mitsiko Shirai (highly
> > respected as a lieder singer in Europe), Mika Shigematsu and Deng
> > (she uses just this one name), and many others appear with
> > regularity on our stages and on recordings. In the past, tenor Taro
> > Ichihara made prominent appearances at the MET and elsewhere.
> > These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head-- there
> > are many others.
> I would like to mention my favorite among all of these: The tenor Warren
> who is in two of my favorite opera recordings: The 1857 Simon Boccanegra
> Dynamic, and the wonderful Robert le Diable from Martina Franca on the
> Should also mention that Jyani Zhang sang Robert in Berlin, and that I
> Lee's Reine de Saba.
> Some years ago I was one of the judges in a singing competition in Italy
> leader of the panel was Giuseppe Taddei, and working with him for several
> days was a delightful and memorable experience). As I recall there were 5
> 6 contestants, all but one of which were Chinese or Korean. The winner was
> Chinese soprano.
> Another judge was Sumi Jo's teacher (I forget her name).