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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Gifu Prefecture, Japan
2nd place, Voice Section, The 3rd Tokyo Music Competition 2005

Musical Study Experiences

1994 Graduated from Vocal Course of the Faculty of Music at Musashino Academia Musicae
1997 Completed master's studies at top of class in vocal music major at Aichi University of the Arts
1999 Completed studies at the Nikikai Opera Studio, the 42nd master class winning the excellence award
2003 Completed studies at the New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Studio, the 3rd class


Previously studied under Otani Yoko, Sasaki Nina, Sergio Bertocchi, Paola Molinari and Kouno Noriko

Musical Careers

2001 Performed in the New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Studio performance "Così fan tutte" as Despina
2002 Performed in the New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Studio performance "Die Zauberflöte" as Pamina
2003 Perform in the New National Theatre, Tokyo Opera Studio performance "Le nozze di Figaro" as Countess Rosina Almaviva
Performed in G. Gazzaniga’s "Don Giovanni" as Maturina at the the New National Theatre, Tokyo, the Pit
Performed in "Le nozze di Figaro" as Susanna at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre Bayside Pocket (Small Hall)
2004 Went to study abroad in Bologna receiving the grant Program of Overseas Study for Artists supported by Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
4th Place (1st place not awarded), the 11th Concorso Internazionale F.M.Martini del Centro Sperimentale Lirico di Mantova (F.M. Martini International Singing Competition in Mantua)
2nd Place, the 16th Concorso Internazionale per cantanti lirici Francesco Cilea (F. Cilea International Singing Competition)
2005 Winner, Vocal Category, the 12th Japan Mozart Music Competition
Grand Prize, Japan Mozart Music Award 2005
2nd Place, Voice Section, the 3rd Tokyo Music Competition
Won Gifu prefectural honor award
2006 Performed in the Yokosuka Arts Theatre: Bayside Pocket Opera Takuhaibin (Opera Delivery) "Bastien und Bastienne" (Bastienne)
2007 Performed in:
Museum Concert at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
"Koiseyo Otome (Gather Ye Rosebuds)" for Valentine’s Day with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra led by Otomo Naoto at Nakano ZERO
Ballet "Orfeo ed Euridice" (sang as Euridice) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo
Morning Concert at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
NHK-FM "Masterpiece Recital"
"Le nozze di Figaro" (Barbarina) at the New National Theatre, Tokyo
2008 Performed in:
Concert opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" (Yniold) led by Wakasugi Hiroshi at the New National Theatre, Tokyo
Concert opera "Der Rosenkavalier" (Hatter) with the New Japan Philharmonic led by Christian Arming
"La serva padrona" (Serpina) at the Shirakawa Hall in Nagoya
Theatre Opera "Iris" (Dhia) led by Inoue Michiyoshi at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
2009 Performed in:
The 15th Anniversary of the foundation of Yokosuka Arts Theatre Memorial Opera "Dido and Aeneas" (Belinda)
"Carmen" (Micaela) hosted by SOLE at the Concert Hall Shizuoka AOI
Miramare Opera: "La serva padrona" (Serpina)
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Opera BOX: "Bastien und Bastienne" (Bastienne)
2010 The Japan Mozart Society Subcription Concert in February "Opera no Meikyoku wo Utau (Sing Opera Masterpieces)" (Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall)

Further Activities

Nikikai Opera Foundation Member


Kunimitsu has also performed as a concert soloist in music including:

Messiah, Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, Coffee Cantata, Nelson Mass, Requiem (Mozart and Fauré), Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Missa Solemnis, Lobgesang, Carmina Burana, Mass of the Children (Rutter)

with numerous orchestras within Tokyo led by foremost conductors such as:

the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra led by Otomo Naoto, Shimono Tatsuya, and more.

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