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谷本 綾香
Ayaka Tanimoto

京都 インターナショナルスクール卒業

大阪 インターナショナルスクール卒業

英国王立音楽大学 (Royal College of Music) 学士課程修了

英国王立音楽大学 (Royal College of Music) 大学院修了

英国王立スコットランド音楽大学オペラ研修所 (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)大学院修了

イギリス在住15年

京都インターナショナルスクールを卒業。国際バカロレア資格及び同バイリンガル資格を取得し、大阪インターナショナルスクールを卒業。同年に奨学金を受け英国王立音楽大学声楽専攻に入学。2009年 英国王立音楽大学学士課程を修了。2011年 英国王立音楽大学大学院を修了。2012年 英国王立スコットランド音楽院オペラ研修所で奨学生として、王立スコットランドオペラハウスの指揮者やコーチの下で2年間の研修を受け、2014年にオペラ研修所を修了。

 

オペラのレパートリーは 20 役を超え、オペラ研修所で在学中にロンドンのピーコックシアターにて British Youth Opera のメインキャストとしてデビュー。Grimeborn Opera Festival やBury Court Opera にて「蝶々夫人」の スズキ役で出演し、OperaHolland Park の専属歌手として毎年約 20 公演に出演。イギリスの Opera Holland Park、English National Opera やフランスの Opéra de Baugé の専属オペラ歌手として活躍する。日本では大阪フィルハーモニー交響楽団や大阪交響楽団のソリストとして共演している。

 

第三回 International Ernest Bloch Competition での優勝を始め、第19回日本クラシック音楽コンクール全国大会一般の部 第三位 (一位、二位該当者なし) など数々の賞を受賞。

現在は京都を拠点に、一般社団法人英国音楽協会の代表理事を務め、日本でのイギリス音楽の普及と音楽家の育成にも取り組んでいる。

歌うことを通じて精神と身体のバランスにも興味を持ち、ロンドンにてパーソナルトレーナー・ジムインストラクター・栄養学 Level 3 の資格を取得。また、トレーニング方法の一つであるアニマルフローのインストラクターの資格も取得。オペラ歌手やパフォーマーのためのパーソナルトレーナーとしても活動中。

Ayaka was born into a family of traditional Japanese potters and grew up in Iga, the town of Ninjas. Her musical journey started with her father singing Beatles to her while playing guitar. She was deeply influenced by hip-hop and R&B music as a teenager and her first performance as a singer was at a live house in Kyoto with a soul and funk band.

Multi-cultured, having spent every summer in the United Kingdom and Spain, she was educated at Kyoto International School and Osaka International School before relocating to London. She trained at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before starting her career as an opera singer performing across Europe and Japan.

She lives between London and Kyoto and is now a Representative Director of British Music Association Japan.

From her deep interest in the balance of body and mind, she also works as a certified personal trainer while singing opera. 

Awards 受賞歴

Special Prize (finalist), Tosti International Competition, Japan

Espoir Prize, Osaka International Music Competition, Japan

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Fund, UK

1st Prize - 3rd Ernest Bloch Music Competition, UK

Okada Cultural Foundation Scholarship, Japan

Mie International Exchange Fund, Japan

1st Prize - 15th Mie Music Competition, Japan 

3rd Prize (1st and 2nd Prize n/a) - 19th Classical Music Competition, Japan

 

Reviews レビュー

Madame Butterfly- Bury Court Opera

"The natural elegance and marvelous subtle acting of the Suzuki, Ayaka Tanimoto, were matched by a cushioned, contralto-like timbre. "(Opera Magazine)

 

"Ayaka Tanimoto’s Suzuki alone could have held the stage, and the audience, mesmerized. This was a gorgeous, possibly unusual, mezzo, laden with undertow so that her every utterance gained in expressiveness. Her moves seemed natural, though obviously were partly stylized: her prayerful caution offset to splendid effect the youthful optimism of her younger charge." (Seen and Heard International)
 

Madame Butterfly- Grimeborn Festival
"Ayaka Tanimoto wasn’t your usual Suzuki – no mothering of Butterfly or waspish flying at slippery marriage-broker Goro. Tanimoto was the devoted servant, a portrait of quiet dignity, with a light, pliant mezzo that sounded most beautiful." (Bachtrack)

 

La Clemenza di Tito- RCS
"The young Japanese mezzo Ayaka Tanimoto was a delightful surprise as Sesto. Slim and boyish looking, with a beautiful sweet-toned voice, she gave lovely accounts of her arias.
" (Opera Scotland)


"Singing honours of the evening went to Japanese mezzo-soprano Ayaka Tanimoto as Sesto, who made performing Mozart seem effortless and completely natural with her hauntingly beautiful voice and strong stage presence."(Bachtrack)


"the glowing high points of Ayaka Tanimoto’s Sesto...A challenge well met."(Scotsman)

Il ritorno d'Ulisse- RCS


"Ayaka Tanimoto finds a beguiling voice for Melanto." (Herald Scotland)


Paul Bunyan- British Youth Opera
"Emily Vine, Grace Durham and Ayaka Tanimoto were the camp pets, Fido, Moppet and Poppet, with Britten and Auden binding highly imaginative ways to use the three roles and Vine, Durham and Tanimoto did not disappoint. "(Planet Hugill)


Magic Flute- Longborough Opera Festival
"---and above all, the ever-present (a Longborough hallmark) attentions of the Three Spirits, among whom Ayaka Tanimoto brought the most attractive stage-presence I can remember in a long time." (Birmingham Post)

"谷本 綾香は20代半ばの新進メゾソプラノながら、声の面ではほぼ完成域にある逸材...仄かな官能性を湛えた瑞々しい歌いぶりでことに光る" (音楽の友)