Brilliant jewel of a voice
Substituting for Ms.Millo, who was ill, as Giselda, Asako Tamura sang expressively with a bright soprano … as he expressed his love for Ah-Joe, elegantly sung by Ms. Tamura.
The New York Times
..the Opera House has brought a superb soprano... The lovely Japanese lady is a lyrical soprano with extraordinary abilities and correct intonations.
Hungarian Opera Magazine
Asako Tamura's singing was on the first-rate level
E delineata con notevole finezza e stata l’Oferia del soprano giapponese Asako Tamura dall’Amleto di Thomas, che ha catturato l’attenzione del pubblico
Asako Tamura brought a ravishing soprano with impeccable artistry to the role of Ah-Joe.
The Italian Voice
... Asako Tamura made a striking impression as Ah-Joe, one of opera’s many delicate oriental maidens with a larynx of steel ...
Amalia, sung beautifully by soprano Asako Tamura, was dazzling in a series of breathtaking arias that are highly decorated, extremely difficult and touching.
Il suo timbro era caldo e lirico
Italian Opera Magazine
blessed with a glittering soprano
Wining & Dining
Soprano Asako Tamura has impressed and delighted audiences with an extraordinary blend of vocal brilliance, powerful stage presence, and innate musicality
Since 2002, Ms Tamura has embarked on an international career as the female soloist in the Three Tenors Concert with Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras at the Arena of Yokohama during the World Cup Championship. She also performed in the Summer Opera Festival at the Foro Romano in Rome and made a debut in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the National Opera in Constanz, Romania. In 2003, she sang in R. Strauss' Elektra at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. She participated in many productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, including a production at the Ente Luglio Musicale Trapanese in Sicily and at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, when she performed with tenor Ramon Vargas, earning her overwhelming critical acclaim. In 2004, Ms.Tamura sang Lucia with tenor Giuseppe Sabattini in Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in Sardegna, Italy and invited by the Hungarian State Opera to tour in Japan as Gilda in Rigoletto. In 2006 she sang Amalia in I Masnadieri with Sarasota Opera and Violetta in La Traviata with El Paso Opera. In 2007 she performed the female leads in a double bill of L'Oracolo by F. Leoni and L'Incantesimo by I. Montemezzi at Avery Fisher Hall with Teatro Grattacielo and L'Ottavia at the Scarlatti Festival in Tokyo and Alfred, Alfred by F. Donatoni at the Contemporanea Arena di Verona. In 2008 Ms Tamura makes her South American debut as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Ms Tamura’s extensive performance credits include appearances as Juliet in Romeo et Juliet with the Hungarian State Opera; and the Hacioji City Opera, Japan; Licenza in Il Sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera; Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Pacific Music Festival and Musetta in La Boheme; Zerlina in Don Giovanni and the title role in Manon in New York.
Additionally she has made numerous appearances with various orchestras around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Summer Festival in Roma, L.A. Asian American Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Hamamatsu City Bach Orchestra, and Tokyo City Orchestra.
Ms. Tamura has won many awards and prizes including the First Prize at the Giuseppe di Stefano International Competition in Trapani Italy; the All Japan Contest; the International Singing Competition in Hungary; New York district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council; the Connecticut Opera Guild Competition; the Marmomande International Competition in France and she was also a finalist at Operalia Competition in Tokyo and represented Japan at the Cardiff Singer of The World.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Ms Tamura began studying piano at age four. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music where she earned a Master of Arts in Opera. A scholarship from Rotary International Foundation allowed her to continue her work at Mannes College of Music in New York City, where she was awarded the prize of “Best Opera Performer”. With full scholarships, she participated in the International Summer Academy in Mozarteum Hochshule Salzburg, Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo Japan, Aspen Music School in Colorado, and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.