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Kazuo KOBAYASHI -tenore-

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Kazuo Kobayashi studied under Koh-ichi Tajima and Kohnosuke Watanabe. After graduating from the Kunitachi College of Music, he recieved the Milan Award at the Japan-Italy Competition in 1973, which granted him a scholarship from the Italian government to study at Conservatorio Guiseppe Verdi. His first performance was in “Rita” by Donizetti at the Piccola Scala Theatre in Milan, 1974. Since then, he has held many performances all over Italy. He also recieved a Special Award at the ’74 International Competition for Singers Reggio Emilia. In 1975 he became a singer under an exclusive 2-year contract with the Oldenburg National Theater in West Germany, performing works such as, “Il Tabarro” and “Gianni Schicchi” by Puccini, “Fra Diavolo” by Auber, “Dialogues des Carmeli” by Poulenc. His first performance in Japan was in 1977 as Pincarton in the Nikikai production of “Madame Butterfly”. He has been highly acclaimed ever since. His major performances include the role of Yohyo in “Yuuzuru” in 1979, Don Jose in “Carmen” and Werther in “Werther” in 1980, Don Carlos in “Don Carlos” in 1981, Cavaradossi in “Tosca” and Rodolfo in “La Boheme” in 1983. He won the Giraud Opera Award for his superb talent in 1983. In 1989, he performed the role of Tamino in “Die Zauberfloete” on the occasion of the opening of the Orchard Hall. He also performed the role of Yohyo in “Yuuzuru” and Pincarton in the production of Nissei Opera. In 1990, he appeared in the production of “Tristan und Isolde”, “Orfeo ed Euridice”. In 1991, he participated in the opera series in commemoration of Mozart. In 1992 and 1994, he toured in 30 cities in Japan performing the role of Yohyo in “Yuuzuru”. Since 1993, to broaden his repertoire, he made his debut in the contemporary opera, “Sen No Kioku No Monogatari” by Shigeaki Saegusa. He has also performed in “L’ange de feu” by Prokofiev, and the Japan premier version of “Chinmoku” by Teizo Matsumura. In 1994, he performed in “Don Giovanni” by Mozart and the premier version of “Susanooh” by Ikuma Dan. His future acitivities for the year of 1997 includes, “Chushingura” in May, “Takeru” in October which will be held in the New National Theatre Tokyo,and “Madame Butterfly” in December. He is one of the best of the rare bel canto tenor singers. He has been asked by many orchestras to sing as a soloit for Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem”, symphonies, oratorios and Messa. His performances, especially of Mozart pieces, receive critical acclaim for his sonorous, rich voice, and for his lyrical express ion. – Revised in April 1997 –


Composer Title Character language
V.Bellini I Capuleti ed i Montecchi Tebaldo italian
V.Bellini I puritani Arturo italian
L.v.Beethoven Fidelio Jacchino german
G.Bizet Carmen Don Jose french/japanese
Ikuma Dan Yuzuru Yohyo french
Ikuma Dan Susanou King Soshimori japanese
Ikuma Dan Takeru Mikado japanese
G.Donizetti L’elisir d’amore Nemorino iItalian/japanese
G.Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo italian
G.Donizetti La figlia del reggimento Tonio italian
G.Donizetti Rita Beppe italian
G.Donizetti Don Pasquale Arturo italian
C.Gounod Faust Dottor Faust french/japanese
P.Mascagni Iris Osaka italian
P.Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Turiddu italian
P.Mascagni L’amico Fritz Fritz italian
J.Massened Werther Werther french/japanese
W.A.Mozartト Cosi fan tutte Ferrando italian/japanese
W.A.Mozart Don Giovanni Don Ottavio italian・japanese
W.A.Mozart Die Zauberfloete Tamino german/japanese
W.A.Mozart Die Entfuerung aus der Serail Belmonte japanese
G.Puccini La boheme Rodolfo italian
G.Puccini Gianni Schicchi Rinuccio italian/german/japanese
G.Puccini Madama Butterfly Pinkerton italian/japanese
G.Puccini Tosca Cavaradossi italian
Romberg The Student Prince Prince japanese
G.Rossini Il barbiere di Sivilla Conte Almaviva italian/japanese
G.Rossini L’italiana in Algeri Lindoro italian
Shigeaki Saegusa Yamatotakeru Takeru japanese
Shigeaki Saegusa Chushingura hashimoto japanese
Shigeaki Saegusa Sen no kioku no monogatari Man japanese
G.Verdi Il ballo in maschera Riccardo italian
G.Verdi Don Carlo Don Carlo italian
G.Verdi Falstaff fenton italian/japanese
G.Verdi Rigoletto Il Duca di Mantova italian/japanese
G.Verdi La traviata Alfredo italian
C.M.v.Weber Die Macht des Schicksal Max japanese
Teizo Matsumura Chinmoku Mokichi japanese

Orchestral works

Composer Title language
J.S.Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium german
L.v.Beethoven Messa Solemnis latin
L.v.Beethoven Symphony No.9 choral german
H.Berlioz La damnation de Faust french
Dvorak Stabat Mater latin
G.F.Haendel Messiah engliesh
Haydn Die Jahreszeiten german
Janachek Glagolitic Mass czech
Lisz Faust Symphony french
G.Mahler Das Lied von der Erde german
G.Mahler Symphony No.8 Mille german
F.Mendelssohn Elias latin
F.Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 Lobgesang german
W.A.Mozart Messa di Requiem latin
C.Orff Carmina Brana latin
G.Puccini Messa di Gloria latin
G.Rossini Messa Solenne latin
G.Rossini Stabat mater latin
R.Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri german
I.Stravinsky La pulcinella latin
G.Verdi Messa da Requiem latin

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