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John Ken Nuzzo (Tenor)

Born in Tokyo, the renowned Japanese-American tenor, truly with an international career, is best known for his lyrical voice. His credits include the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Monte-Carlo Opera, the Munich Philharmonics and the NHK Symphony. A household name in Japan, he was heard twice on NHK’s prestigious “KOHAKU”, the national year end TV concert, and sang the theme song for NHK’s historical Taiga Drama “SHINSENGUMI”.

Throughout his career, John has performed with many leading singers and conductors, including James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Ramón Vargas, Renato Bruson, Edita Gruberova, Angela Gheorghiu, Ferrucio Furlanetto, Leo Nucci, René Pape, Karita Mattila, Ben Heppner, Thomas Hampson, Samuel Ramey, Deborah Voigt, Dawn Upshaw, Bernd Weikl, Falk Struckmann, Diana Damrau, Richard Bonynge, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Fabio Luisi

He had the honor to sing for the Emperor and Empress of Japan and Pope John Paul II. He sang the national anthem for MLB, NFL and the international soccer and ice hockey games for the Japanese national teams.

In 2016, John sang with Plácido Domingo, “Au Fond du Temple Saint”-the duet from Bizet’s ” Les pêcheurs de perles” in Southern California, sang Britten’s “Serenade” with the renowned horn player, Radek Baborák at Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

In 2017, he sang “The Valentine’s Concert” with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Rossini’s ‘Messe solennelle” at Suntory Hall’s Re-Opening Concert, also made his “Beethoven × Schubert” Lieder recital tour.  He released his new CD, Schumann’s “DICHTERLIEBE Op.48”

Winner of the 13th Idemitsu Music Award in Japan and the Eberhart Waechter Medal in Austria,
Official Website: http://www.jkn-tenorissimo.com/

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