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Making his HGO debut, Takaoki Onishi was the inaugural first prize winner of the IFAC-Juilliard Singing Competition. The prize provided him a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard School. Upon graduation, he joined the prestigious Ryan Opera Ensemble of Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his debut there as Father Arguedas in the world premiere of Bel Canto (televised on PBS). He remained with the company for three years, singing many roles. Each season, Onishi sings a wide variety of opera, concerts, and recitals in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. He sang the title role in Eugene Onegin at the Seiji Ozawa Festival conducted by Fabio Luisi, and he made his Vienna debut at the Musikverein, in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He made his debut with the NHK Symphony in Fidelio, and returned for their New Year's Eve Gala. He also has sung several times at Carnegie Hall. During the pandemic, he sang a wide variety of repertoire in Japan, including Argante in Rinaldo (Bach Collegium), Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony, the Herald in Lohengrin, Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony, Ben in The Telephone, and a tour of Beethoven's 9th. Future repertoire includes Brahms's A German Requiem (conducted by Sebastian Weigle), Marcello in La bohème, Kothner in The Mastersingers of Nuremburg, and the Messiah with Bach Collegium. Onishi has won top prizes in many vocal competitions, including Opera Index, Gerda Lissner, and Giulio Gari. At the Premiere Opera Foundation’s International Competition, he received both first prize and the special Dmitry Hvorostovsky Prize.

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