KUROKI Kaori

(VOCAL(ALTO))

Kaori Kuroki graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she studied with Naoko Ihara and afterwards completed the master course of the same university. While being a student, she was selected as alto soloist of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” held by Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
In 1994 she participated in the Yomiuri Newcomer Concert, in 1995 represented Japan in a Japan-China Opera Gala Concert in Beijing and in 1997 made her opera debut at the Tokyo Chamber Opera singing the part of “Damigella” in “L’inconorazione di Poppea” (Monteverdi) and also appeared as “nymph” in “Euridice” (Peri).
In 1998 she received a scholarship by Meiji Yasuda Cultural Foundation, which enabled her to go to Vienna and continue her studies with Gottfried Hornik. Kaori Kuroki was awarded a prize by the Japan Wagner Association in 1999. In 2000 she again went to Vienna to study for one more year with a scholarship of Gingakogen Beer.
After returning to Japan, Kaori Kuroki especially obtained high reputation as a Wagner singer. In the New National Theatre production of “Ring des Nibelungen” she was selected for “Erda” of “Rheingold” (2001) , “Schwertleite” of “Die Walkure” and “Erda” of ”Siegfried”, and furthermore she played Dryade in “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
She moreover is frequently collaborating with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra (Alto Solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony).


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