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Yukiko Kinjo

Yukiko Kinjo

Soloist of the Opera


After her studies at the Ryukyu University in Okinawa Japan, she won the Japanese Government’s selection procedure for scholarships to study vocal performance in Italy. She continued her vocal studies at the Milan Music Academy and from 2003 also at the Parma Conservatory with Lucetta Bizzi and Eugenio Furlotti. From 2005 she started to study with Jiří Kotouč in Prague. In 2007 and in 2008 she became prizewinner in the Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition in Karlovy Vary, winning 3rd prize, a special award of Opera Mozart, the best singing interpretation of A. Dvořák and she also got the opportunity to sing in the State Opera Prague and in the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec. In the summer 2009 she took part in the master class with Mirella Freni. In 2010 she graduated from the Prague Conservatory. In 2012 she won an audition for opera Rigoletto in the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice and at the Revolving theatre at Český Krumlov Castle to sing Gilda. From 2012, she is a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague. In February 2014 she debuted as Micaela in Carmen in the South Bohemian Theatre in České Budějovice. Repertoir: Amore (Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Gilda (Verdi: Rigoletto), Micaela (Bizet: Carmen), Flower maiden (Wagner: Parsifal), First nymph (Dvořák: Rusalka), Lidka (Smetana: The Two Widows), Lady in waiting (Britten: Gloriana), Gretel (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Clorinda (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Oscar (Verdi: Un ballo in maschera), Liu (Puccini: Turandot), Sophie (Massenet: Werther). She is also a dedicated concert singer (Vivaldi: Gloria, Mozart: Requiem, Haydn: Stabat Mater, Händel: Messiah, Beethoven: IX.Sinfonie, Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Te Deum; Poulenc: Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn: Lobgesang, Martinů: Bouquet of Flowers, P. Trojan: Missa Solemnis, etc.).
Photo: Ilona Sochorová