Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura first shot to prominence as a Jette Parker Young Artist when she stepped in to replace Anna Netrebko as Giulietta I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Since then she has made notable debuts in Europe, Asia, North and South America, capturing worldwide acclaim for her assured singing and artistic intensity.
During the 2023/24 season, Nakamura makes her debut appearances with the Royal Swedish Opera as Cio-Cio San Madama Butterfly and English National Opera in 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. In 2022/23 she performed Toshio Hosokawa Hanjo in a co-production by the Catapult Opera of New York and Fondazione Haydn di Bolzano, and Mimi La boheme in Tokyo, also appearing in concert with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Pannon Philharmonic and in a Verdi Gala for the Scottish Opera.
Recent highlights include her role debut Cio-Cio San at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, later performing the same role in her return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in concert with the Hallé (Sir Mark Elder). She also sang her first Magda La Rondine at Biwako Hall and appeared in concert with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony) and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Ravel Shéhérazade).
Previously she sang Woglinde Götterdämmerung as part of National Taichung Theater’s four year Ring Cycle programme, directed by Carlus Padrissa, Mimi at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Woglinde with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Clorinda La Cenerentola at the Wiener Staatsoper, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the New National Theatre Tokyo and Hyogo performing Arts Centre, and Liù Turandot at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera de Oviedo and Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse. Other recent highlights include Juliette Roméo et Juliette at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Gilda Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Salzburger Landestheater, and Pamina Die Zauberflöte for Washington National Opera.
Between 2010-2016, Nakamura was a member of the ensemble at the Bayerische Staatsoper where roles included Adina L’elisir d’amore, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Woglinde, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Frasquita Carmen, and Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montecchi.
On the concert platform, recent highlights include Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Japan and Osaka Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, Mahler Symphony No.4 and Rossini Stabat Mater under Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, St Cecilia Mass with Alain Altinoglou and Orchestre National de France, Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Czech Philharmonic, Ravel Shéhérazade with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Woglinde Das Rheingold with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Jaap van Zweden.
Nakamura is an alumna of the Osaka College of Music, the Opera Studio at the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Opera Studio Nederland and the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. Whilst on the Programme, roles at Covent Garden roles included Musetta La bohème, Frasquita Carmen, and Lauretta Gianni Schicchi. Upon her graduation from the programme, she returned to Covent Garden as a guest to sing Susanna Le nozze di Figaro under Sir Colin Davis and Sophie Werther under Sir Antonio Pappano, which was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.
Antonia Les contes d'Hoffmann
Donna Anna Don Giovanni
Cio-Cio-San Madama Butterfly
Suor Angelica / Lauretta Il trittico
Mimi / Musetta La bohème
Magda La Rondine
Tatyana Eugene Onegin*
Amelia Un ballo in maschera
Violetta La Traviata
Leonora La forza del destino*
Leonora Il trovatore*
Angel, Symphony No.8
1st or 2nd soprano, Mass in C minor
Petite messe solonnelle
Vier letzte Lieder*
Best of the cast was Eri Nakamura, whose Liù had a creamy high register, seamless control, bright agility and a great sense of dignity. She rightly earned the audience’s wildest cheers at the end of the night.
The beautifully sung and touchingly acted Liù of Eri Nakamura reminds us of how much better Puccini’s lines sound when the notes are joined together and given light and shade.
...a wonderfully characterful singer – both in terms of the voice itself, but also her charming ability to step swiftly and convincingly into a role.