HIROMI OMURA (Soprano)
Hiromi Omura has performed in the role of Madama Butterfly since 2004, received great acclaim from critics and audiences around the world in numerous theatres, such as the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Israeli (Tel Aviv), Montreal Opera, Malaga, Cordoba, Santander, Metz (France), Lausanne Opera, Polish National Opera (Theatre Wielki), Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, etc. She made her debut in Australia in her signature role for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne State Theatre in 2012 (the DVD has been released). In the following season, 2014, Opera Australia again welcomed her, this time for Handa Opera Sydney Harbour in a new production stage directed by Alex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus). The DVD of this production has just been released from ABC Classics.
Recent notable highly acclaimed other roles, include Norma (Norma/ Bellini) in Lausanne Opera, Desdemona (Otello/ Verdi) in Toulon Opera and Opéra National de Lorraine, where she has performed also Silvia (Zanetto/ Mascagni) and La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro/ Mozart). Amelia (Simon Boccanegra/ Verdi) and Leonora (Il Trovatore/ Verdi) both for Opéra de Montreal. In 2013-14 season, she has sung Sieglinde (Die Walküre/ Wagner) at the Biwako Theatre in Otsu Japan, Title role of Norma (Bellini) in Toulon Opera, Liu (Turandot/ Puccini) in Opéra de Montreal and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos/ R・Strauss) for the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo-city Japan.
Last season 2014-15, she made her debut in South America at the Theatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro and in Latvian National Opera both in the role of Madama Butterfly with great success. She returned again to the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne State Theatre for season opening in her signature role Cio-Cio-San and has been celebrated by press and audience alike.
This season 2015-16, she will return to Latvian National Opera in the role of Madama Butterfly and to Opéra de Montreal for Otello in the role of Desdemona under the baton of Keri-Lynn Wilson and Glynis Leyshon's stage direction. She will appear also as La Contessa Almaviva of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan under Sascha Goetzel's musical direction and Amon Miyamoto’s stage direction. Subsequently she will sing Ariadne of Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo conducted by Simone Young, stage directed by Karoline Gruber.
In the concert field, Hiromi Omura has sung Deutsches Requiem (Brahms) at the City of London Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra, 9th Symphony (Beethoven) with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Nancy, Missa Solemnis (Beethoven) with the Tokyo City Philharmonic, c-minor Mass (Mozart) with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Messiah (Handel) with l'Orchestre de Picardie, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Elias (Mendelssohn) both with the Orchestre National de France. She has been invited regularly for operatic gala concerts such as Verdi gala in Montreal Opera, Puccini gala in Latvian National Opera, season opening gala concerts in the New National Theatre Tokyo and New Year Opera Concerts by NHK broadcast live TV nationwide in Japan.
Hiromi Omura was born in Tokyo, Japan, after obtaining her Master of Arts in singing at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she moved to Italy, training in Mantua and Milan. She then transferred to France to join the Opera Studio CNIPAL in Marseille. She was the 1st prize winner in the Concours International d'Opéra de Marseille (2001), also a prize winner in international competitions such as the Concours International de chant de Paris, Concorso Ismaele Voltolini (Buscoldo, Mantua/ Italy), Concorso Gianfranco Masini (Reggio Emilia/ Italy), etc. In her homeland Japan, after her first appearance as Violetta (La Traviata/ Verdi) at the Tokyo Bunka-Kaikan for Nikikai Opera, she made her debut in the New National Theatre Tokyo in 2004 in the role of Micaela (Carmen/ Bizet). Subsequently she returned to this theatre in the roles, included Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Nedda (I Pagliacci/ Leoncavallo) and Elisabetta (Don Carlo/ Verdi).