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Ryoko SUNAKAWA SINGER

BIOGRAPHY

Ryoko Sunakawa has achieved popularity as a leading soprano in Japan because of her solid technique and beautiful presence on stage.


She graduated from the Musashino Academia Musicae and obtained her master's degree at its graduate school.  She also studied in Milan.


She won first prize in the 34th Concorso Italo-Giapponese as well as the 69th Music Competition of Japan.  She also won the Zandonai Award in the 12th International Competition for Young Opera Singers "Riccardo Zandonai".  Additionally, she was awarded the 16th Gotoh Memorial Cultural Award Most Promising Young Talent Prize in Opera.


She officially debuted as an opera singer with the role of Euridice in "Orphée et Eurydice" at the New National Theatre Tokyo in 2000.  Since then, she has earned high acclaim for numerous roles such as Liu in "Turandot", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", A Voice from Heaven in "Don Carlos", Micaela in "Carmen", Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte", Antonia in "Les Contes d'Hoffmann", Yuri in "Yashagaike" (premiere in Japan), Sophie in "Werther" in the New National Theatre Tokyo and Gasparina in "Il Campiello", Corinna in "Il viaggio a Reims", La Contessa in "Le nozze di Figaro" in the Fujiwara Opera, among others.  She also appeared on NHK TV in the role of Mimi in "La Bohéme" and gained acclaim for her daintiness as well as her skill as a singer.  In 2018, she performed Nedda in "I Pagliacci" and drew high praise both in Tokyo and Nagoya.  She also performs often in Nissay Theatre and Biwako Hall.


 Her varied activities include performances with orchestras and concerts, as well as appearances on TV and radio.  She has appeared in the NHK New Year Opera Concert since 2002.  She is a member of the Fujiwara Opera and has been teaching at the Musashino Academia Musicae.  She was born in Miyakojima island in Okinawa.