“A tour de force” – The Straits Times
“Commanding presence with powerful feelings and a voice to match.” – Opera Magazine
Multi-award winning Japanese-American soprano Akiko Otao is an arts practitioner, educator, and co-artistic director of L’arietta Productions, a chamber opera company focused on presenting bite-sized contemporary operas in English.
She made her debut in Singapore when she landed the leading role, Nora in John Sharpley's world premiere of Fences. A champion of contemporary work, her performance in the monodrama Diary of Anne Frank directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall received The Straits Times’ Best Opera of the year in 2015, and again in 2018 for Chen Zhangyi’s A Singapore Trilogy.
As a vocal coach, she has worked extensively in classical, musical theatre as well as commercial studio recordings internationally, collaborating with Sony Japan, Avex, and Gap Japan. She is a frequent guest clinician at VOS, CDAS, Performing Arts Medicine Singapore and Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory to name a few.
Her musical versatility continues to bring her an eclectic collection of projects. She is currently in the voice faculty at School Of The Arts, BA (Hon) Musical Theatre faculty at LASALLE College of the Arts, Artistic Director of The Voice Company, and is a full-member of NATS.