- Ayaka Tanimoto
in Japan in 1987, Ayaka relocated to London in 2005 and subsequently
graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Music with a
Bachelor of Music (BMus Hons) in 2009 and a Masters in Vocal
Performance (MPerf) in 2011.
Ayaka has won numerous awards in Japan, including the crowning
achievement of 1st prize at the 15th MIE Music Competition,
Ayaka's roles have comprised of many over such a short span.
Has performed the title role of Carmen, Cherubino in Marriage
of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Tisbe in La Cenerentola,
2nd & 3rd Boy in Magic Flute, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia,
Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Romeo in I Capuleti e
i Montecchi, Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier (Opera Scenes) and
the title role of Iolanthe for the Brent Opera. Ayaka sung 2nd
Boy in addition to acting as the understudy for 2nd Lady in Mozart's
Magic Flute with the Longborough. September 2013, Ayaka performed
at the Peacock Theatre in London, in the British Youth Opera's
production of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan.
In addition to the above classic roles, Ayaka demonstrates her
versatility as a keen performer of contemporary music. As a result,
she was selected as the voice that would introduce UK audiences
to the premier works of Japanese composers such as Nobuya Monta
and Ko Matsushita. Furthermore, her chorus experience lies with
renowned conductors such as the distinguished Michael Rosewell
(RCM BBIOS Opera Production of Bartered Bride and Cosi fan Tutte),
Martin André (Beethoven's Symphony 9th and Britten's War
Requiem), Leif Segerstam (Brahms' Requiem) and Bernard Haitink
(Bruckner's Te Deum).