Mineo Nagata was born in Nagaoka city. He studied at the Tokyo University of Arts completing a master's program. In 1986, he won the first Japan Mozart Music Competition. In 1988-89, he won the Salzburg Summer Academy Contest and was consecutively awarded the "Best Student Award" of Salzburg Mozarteum University. In 1991 he moved to Europe with a scholarship from the Asahi Brewers Art and Cultural Foundation.
In 1991, after participating in the Salzburg Festival in "Satyricon", he signed a contract in 1992 as a guest artist to perform in the same "Satyricon" with the Leipzig Opera and widened his activity in Germany and in Europe. Since, he has signed exclusive contracts with the opera houses of Wurzburg, Trier, Giessen / Giesen, Bonn, and Munster.
A singer in the tradition of Mozart, his refined singing together with his flexible bell-canto style has won him high acclaim among European classical music fans. In addition to singing opera, his talent as a lieder singer also claims high praise, described by the enthusiastic press as "reciting the soul of a poet".
In Japan, charming the audience with his strong and brilliant voice, Mineo Nagata has been participating as a guest singer with numerous orchestras all over the country, starting from the New National Theatre. In 2011 March, he will be performing in the role of Radames in "Aida", conducted by Ryusuke Numajiri at Biwako Hall and the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall.
Currently he lives in Cologne.