|Kaori Williams has delighted audiences around the
world with stirring performances in opera and in concert. Most recently she
won accolades for performances in China with the China Philharmonic Orchestra
and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.? These concerts, under the baton of
maestro Massimo Zanetti, were also the China premieres for Die Heiligen
Drei Könige aus Morgenland and Gesang der Apollopriesterin.
A native of Kashima, Japan, Ms. Williams attended Senzoku Music University. After graduation she joined Asunaro Opera Company, Tokyo, making many appearances, and she premiered in the role of Kotaro in the Japanese opera Yuki & Oninbe.
Following Asunaro Opera, Ms. Williams won the competition to join the Young Artist Program at Tokyo's Fujiwara Opera, the first and oldest opera company in Japan. While there she performed many roles including the role of Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro. She also won the Kawasaki Music competition and was featured in their Annual New Year's Concert.
In addition to her work with Fujiwara and Asunaro Opera Companies, she also frequently appeared with Tokyo's NAOS opera under the leadership of Japan's most renowned opera artist, Kiyoko Otani. Here she performed roles from Barber of Seville, La Clemenze diTito, and others.
In addition to her work in Japan, Ms. Williams traveled, lived, and performed extensively in Europe. While in Italy, she won the Special Judges Award at the International Bellini Vocal Competition in Sicily and was a local favorite of concert-goers in Amsterdam, where she performed quite frequently.
Currently a Chicago area resident, Ms. Williams continues to thrill American audiences with her moving operatic performances, including her role as Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Liu in Turandot, and other roles. Her voice has? a unique, beautiful color which adds a special emotional component to these dramatic roles.
Ms. Williams has appeared on stage with some of America's leading singers, including Audrey Stottler and Roy C. Smith, and performed under the batons of maestros Massimo Zanetti, Michael Ching, and Mark Watters. She has worked with opera legends Marcella Reale and Kiyoko Otani and made recordings for Disney Educational Productions.
Her appearance with the Northbrook Symphony drew rave reviews for her interpretation of Strauss songs.
Most recently Ms. Williams appeared with the International Beethoven Festival in Chicago and in a series of concerts in the US and in Japan.