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Ryuichiro SONODA CONDUCTOR

BIOGRAPHY

Ryuichiro Sonoda is a spirited conductor who has already conducted at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Verdi Trieste, and other locations across the world. Great expectations are directed at Sonoda in the fields of opera and symphony alike.

Sonoda made his debut in 2006 when he conducted Tosca at the Classical Music Week in Siena . His Japanese debut was in 2007, when he conducted La Bohème by the Japan Opera Foundation. That summer he conducted The Journey to Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro) as well as performances with the Orchestra della Toscana (Florence) and the Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra (Catania). He performed with the Orchestra della Toscana again in 2008, conducting The Italian Girl in Algiers at the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival (Germany). In 2009, Sonoda conducted performances at the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genoa), The Magic Flute at Biwako Hall, The Thieving Magpie at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Municipale Valli (Reggio Emilia), The Elixir of Love by the Japan Opera Foundation, and Giselle at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He was also invited once again to the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival to conduct The Thieving Magpie. In 2010, he conducted Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo and La Morte di Didone at the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Don Giovanni at Kansai Nikikai, Coppélia at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and the regular concerts of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna Orchestra.

In recent years Sonoda has conducted many operas inside and outside Japan, including concerts and The Rape of Lucretia by Britten at the Teatro Verdi Trieste; Rossini's The Journey to Reims and Otello at the Antwerp Theater and Ghent Theater; Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, La Traviata, and Madama Butterfly by the Japan Opera Foundation; The Magic Flute, The Threepenny Opera, and The Child and the Spells at Biwako Hall; and Così fan tutte at Kansai Nikikai. He has also conducted the regular concerts by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as concerts by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, and The Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.

Sonoda graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Fine Arts and Graduate School of Fine Arts. He studied under the late Masahisa Endo, the late Kotaro Sato, and James Lockhart. Afterwards, he studied under Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Chigiana Musical Academy in Siena, Italy. In 2002 he became an Agency for Cultural Affairs overseas trainee  and studied abroad in Rome as a scholarship student of Nomura Foundation and The Gotoh Memorial Foundation. During that period he diligently served as Gelmetti's assistant on many productions including at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Teatro Real in Madrid. He also became close friends with Alberto Zedda, who is renowned for his work on Rossini, and studied at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. This allowed Sonoda to learn a wide range of works at locations all over Europe. In 2004 he was awarded the Carlo Corsini Music Prize by the Siena Rotary Club. He was also awarded The 16th Gotoh Memorial Foundation Culture Prize for New Opera Performer of the Year in 2005.