“A tour de force”-Straits Times
“Commanding presence with powerful feelings and a voice to match.”-Opera Magazine
Multi-award winning Japanese-American soprano Akiko is an arts practitioner, educator, and the co-artistic director of L’arietta Productions.
She debuted in Singapore as the leading role of Nora in John Sharpley’s world premiere of Fences. Selected credits include the title role in Alice in Wonderland, Kannagi, Drusilla in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Musetta in La Boheme. A champion of contemporary work, her performance in the monodrama Diary of Anne Frank directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall received Straits Times’ Best Opera of the year in 2015, and again in 2018 for Chen Zhangyi’s A Singapore Trilogy.
She is a frequent guest clinician at VOS (Voices of Singapore), CDAS (Choral Director’s Association Singapore), Performing Arts Medicine Singapore, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory to name a few.
Her musical versatility continues to bring her an eclectic collection of projects. She is currently on the voice faculty at SOTA, Musical Theatre faculty at Lasalle College of the Arts, and is a full-member of NATS.