¡SOLOISTS in The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu
the 2006 International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, Buxton, Derbyshire, UK

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Yum-Yum

Makiko Sonoda

@ Ms. Sonoda starred as Yum-Yum in the original cast members in The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu, 2001 as well as in the 2003 productions in Chichibu City and Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Her opera credits include La Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Cosi Fan Tutte (Despina), La Boheme (Mimi), Amahl and The Night Visitors (Amahl), and Das Christ Elflein (the Infant Jesus). In 2003 she performed in R. Straussf Elektra (Die Schlepptaegerin & Vietrte Magd) with NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of D. Dutoit, May; and Puccinifs La Rondine (Bianca) with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of G. Gelmetti, November. As artist registered at the Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, Music Vitalization for Public Halls, she was in the national concert tour in 2002 and 2003.
Toho Gakuen School of Music, BFA and MFA. Graduated with award from the Nikikai Opera Studio Masters Class. Recipient of the First Prize in the XII Sogakudo Japanese Songs Competition, and the Third Prize in the 71st Japan Music Competition, Vocal Music Division. Member of the Nikikai, the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre, and Japan Federation of Musicians. Lecturer, Toho Gakuen School of Music.
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Nanki-Poo

Kosei Hayama

@ As Nanki-Poo in the original cast members in The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu, the 2001 production, Mr. Hayama won a huge success and also starred in the 2003 encore productions in Chichibu and Tokyo. During his study in Italy, 1995-e98, he performed at concerts in Milan and Verona. Upon return to Japan, he made his opera debut in Sir John, in Love by R. Vaughan Williams, produced by Tokyo Opera Production, winning unanimous acclaim for his gbrilliant, youthful voiceh. Other opera credits include Chiba City Opera production of La Traviata; the Nikikai production of Tannhaeuser, the Shinshin production of La Nozze di Figaro; Salome jointly produced by The New National Theatre, Tokyo and the Nikikai; Cavalierifs Rappresentatione di Anima, e di Corpo jointly produced by The New National Theatre, Tokyo and the Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre; Societa Rossiniana Giapponese production of Il Viaggio a Reims; and Weberfs Ab Hassan at The New National Theatre, Tokyo. In his concert career, he has performed as soloist in Bachfs Messe, h-moll/BWV232 and Matthaeus Passion/BWV244, Handelfs Messiah and Oratorio, Mozartfs Requiem and Coronation Mass K317, Beethovenfs Symphony No. 9 and Fantasia in C major, Brucknerfs Te Deum and many others. His debut CD has been released by Victor Entertainments.
BFA and MFA, Musashino Academia Musicae, Vocal Music Dept. Graduate of the Nikikai Opera Studio Masters Class 36th. Award in the 25th Concorso de Lirica Italiana. Recipient of the Third Prize in the 37th All Japan Students Music Competition, Eastern Japan Division; awards in the First Super Classic Music Audition and in the 9th Japan Mozart Music Competition. Member of the Nikikai and Tokyo Opera Production.
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Katisha

Makiko Yamashita


@ Ms. Yamashita debuted while she was a student in Le Clementa di Tito (Annio), La Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), Die@Llustigen Weiber von Windsor (Frau Reich) and Die Fledermaus (Prinz Orlofsky). In 2002 she starred in the title role of Carmen at the Nissei Opera. She frequently performed at The New National Theatre, Tokyo in 2004 in LfAmico Fritz, Cavalleria Rusticana, Lulu and Serse. In 2005 she joined in the Nikikai productions, appearing as Flora in La Traviata and in the title role of Julius Caesar. In her concert career, she is enthusiastic about sacred music classic songs, often working with many orchestras in Beethovenfs Symphony No. 9 or Messiah. She enjoys holding a solo recital with a creative program, too.
Graduate of Hiroshima University, and holder of MFA from Tokyo National University of Arts and Music. Recipient of the First Prize in the First Tokyo Music Competition, Vocal Music Division; and the Third Prize in the 72nd and 73rd Japan Music Competitions. Member of the Nikikai. Lecturer, Toho College of Music.
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Ko-Ko

Seiji yoshikawa

@ Mr. Yoshikawa performed as Ko-Ko in the 2001 original cast for The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu. After making his opera debut in the Tokyo National University of Arts and Music production of Cosi Fan Tutte (Guglielmo), he starred in the title roles of Don Giovanni and La Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte di Almaviva and Gigaro) and as Papageno in Die Zauberfloete, Marcello and Schaunard in La Boheme, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Gil in Il Segreto di Susanna. Other credits include the Opera Lyrica Hachioji production of Carmen (Escamillo), the Tokyo Philharmonic Opera Concertante series: Der Ferne Klang by F. Schreker (chorus boy), Le Rossignol/Solovei by Igor Stravinsky (Minister of Interior), and Die Scheweigsame Frau by R. Strauss (Barber). In his concert career he has been a baritone soloist in Symphony No. 9, Messiah and other programs.
BFA and MFA, Tokyo National University of Arts and Music. Diploma, Tokyo Music & Media Arts Shobi. Recipient of the Second Prize in All Japan Student Music Competition, Tokyo Division. Awardee, Associazione Italo-Giapponese. Teacher, Keio Shiki Boysf Senior High School.
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Pitti-Sing

Mariko Seki

@ Ms. Seki made her opera debut in 2000 as Valencienne in Der Japanischen Operettengesellschaft production of Die Lustige Witwe. Other opera credits include Graefin Mariza (Lisa) and Der Vogelhandler (Regi), Das Dreimaeserlihaus (Haiderl). Associated with The Fujiwara Opera/Japan Opera Foundation, she was in a national tour on the 2001 Cultural Agency Real Art Experience Project, performing as Micaela in Carmen. Other opera credits include The New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Series Don Giovanni (Donna Anna and Donna Ximena), and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan production of The Asakusa Angel (Marie). She also performed in the Japan Operetta Society production of Spring Parade (Marika), June 2004; the Ibaraki Opera production of Yuzuru, September 2004; The New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Series Zaza, March 2005; and Cosi Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi), September 2005.
Graduate of Tokyo College of Music, Opera Division and Graduate Studies. Top Honor in the Japan Opera Foundation Opera Singers Class 19th. Studied at Salozburg Mozarteum and Vicenza, Italy. Associate Member, The Fujiwara Opera/Japan Opera Foundation. Retained by Toho Gakuen School of Music as part-time artist.
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Peep-Bo

Shoko Hojo

@ Ms. Hojofs opera and operetta credits include Die Zauberfloete (Dame II), The Telephone (Lucy), Carmen (Micaela), Die Fledermaus (Ida) and Die Lustige Witwe (Grisetten). She was highly acclaimed for her portrayal of the title role in Life of Misuzu Kaneko, a new musical play depicting the life of a poetess. In her concert career, she has been a soloist in Mozartfs Coronation Mass K317 and Poulencfs Gloria; performed in the 76th Nikikai Opera Institute Concert. On TV she was a member of the Classic Girls in Untitled Concert 21 produced by Tsunk. Since 2002 she performs in the annual Charity Concert for the Benefit of the Mozambique Children endorsed by the Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique, Tokyo.
Tokyo National University of Arts and Music, BFA in vocal music. Graduate of the Nikikai Opera Studio Masters Class 46th. Recipient of the 2002 Cultural Agency Fine Arts Domestic Internship. Award in the 8th Japan Classic Music Competition. Member of the Nikikai.

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Pooh-Bah

Masaya Hosooka

@ Mr. Hosooka successfully performed as Pooh-Bah in the original cast for the 2001 production of The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu as well as in the encore productions in 2003. He made his opera debut while he was a senior student at Musashino Academia Musicae as Papageno in Die Zauberfloete and was also a soloist in Die Schoepfung to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his collegefs inauguration. After graduation he has been active mainly in Italian operas. He performed to high acclaim in I Pagliacci (Silvio) in the New Japan Philharmonic Triphony Series, 2000; in Der Freischutz (Kaspar u/s) with Tokyo Philhamonic Opera Concertanteseries 2001 under the baton of Chung Myung Whun; in the Bunkyo Civic Hall CITTADINO production of Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato), February 2002; in Tokyo Bunka Kaikan production of I Was Dreaming under the Full-Blown Cherry Blossoms (Takuro), February 2003; in the Musashino Academia Musicae production of Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Herr Fluth), April 2003; in the Vocal Music Society production of I Pagliacci (Tonio), May 2003; the Tokyo Opera Association production of Takayama Ukon (title role in the presence of Prince and Princess Akishino), June 2003; and the Nissei Opera production of Gianni Schicchi (Betto), November 2003.
More recently, Mr. Hosooka has been increasingly active as director, participating as soloist and director in the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan production of The Asakusa Angel, February 2004. In his concert career, he has worked with many orchestras and choruses as soloist in Beethovenfs Symphony No. 9 and sacred music.
BFA and MFA, Musashino Academia Musicae. Board member, The Japan Opera Foundation
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Pish-Tush

Yoshiki Kobayashi

@ Mr. Kobayashi joined the cast members in The Mikado in the Town of Chichibu in 2003. Since his debut in La Nozze di Figaro (Il Conte di Almaviva), 1992, he has successfully performed in Die Zauberfloete (Papageno), Don Giovanni (title role), La Traviata (Germont), La Boheme (Marcello), Capriccio (the Count) and many other pieces. He has also been actively involved in many operetta, la Zarzuela and new musicals, starring, among others, in the title role in the Cultural Agency production of The Monkey Poet by Miki Minoru. Since 2004, he has performed to universal acclaim in The New National Theatre, Tokyo productions of LfAmico Fritz (David), Carmen (Escamillo), La Traviata (Barone Douphol), Andrea Chenier (Fouquier Tinville), Ai-en _ To Die for Love _ (Mouken), and Cavalleria Rusticana (Alfio).
In his concert career, he has worked with many domestic and international orchestras as baritone soloist in various programs including Beethovenfs Symphony No. 9 at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary. He was a guest singer in the concert to celebrate the inauguration of Taipei City Social Education Hall, receiving generous applause from the audience for his singing of Japanese songs as part of Japan-Formosa Cultural Exchange programs. BFA, Kunitachi College of Music. Award in the 1997 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Audition of Young Musicians and in the Japan Music Competition in a row of three years, 1999-2001. Gold medal in the 32nd Associazione Italo-Giapponese, 2001. Member, Japan Federation of Musicians.
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The Mikado

Yoshiyuki Shikano

@Mr. Shikano made his opera debut in La Traviata (Grenvil). For ten years since 1984, he was active as a rare bass vocalist in Japanfs pop music. Returning to classic vocal music, he starred in Die Zauberfloete (Sarastro), La Nozze di Figaro (title role), Cosi Fan Tutte (Don Alfonzo), La Boheme (Colline), Aida (Ramphis), Macbeth (Banquo), The New National Theatre, Tokyo production of Un Ballo in Maschera, LfInganno Felice, Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, La Nozze di Figaro (orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa), the Nikikai/Nikikai Opera Foundation production of Die Fledermaus, etc. In November 2001, he performed at the Biwako Opera festival, in Attila, and in December of the same year, in Belshazzarfs Feast with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sergiu Comissiona. In 2003 his performances as Baron in Der Rosenkavalier and as Lo Zio Bonzo in Madama Butterfly elicited unstinted applause from the audiences. He also performed to universal acclaim as Geronimo in Il Matrimonio Segreto under the baton of Hiroshi Wakasugi. Brilliant also as soloist in Beethovenfs Symphony No. 9, or Mozartfs Requiem, Mr. Shikano always charms his audiences with his beautiful voice and magnetic acting.
Studied at Nihon University College of Art and Tokyo National University of Arts and Music, non-degree course. Award in the 16th Concorse Vocale Italo-Giapponese. Member, the Nikikai.

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