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Biography

Yuki Tsuruaki

    The French soprano Yuki Tsurusaki (Japanese of origin) discovered music at age six, by playing the piano. Born in a family of musicians, not only does she attends many operas and symphonic concerts, but she will also play, dance, sing on stage from an early age, which will awaken a passion for the lyrical art.

After obtaining her TESOL certificate in Canada (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Yuki shortens her studies at Lyon 3 University in Languages to devote herself entirely to music. She entered the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (Switzerland) in Hiroko Kawamichi’s class and graduated in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Music.

 

Since then, we would hear her sing many roles such as Lucy from Menotti’s The Telephone, Miles (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw) conducted by Aurélien Azan-Zielinsky and staged by Armand Deladoey, extracts from Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges under the baton of Benjamin Levy. She also sang some oratorio repetoire as soprano solo, such as Rossini’s La Petite Messe Solennelle and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Renaud Bouvier. We could hear her live on Swiss radio station Espace 2 animated by Francesco Biamonte, singing Strauss’ Lieder with pianists Florent Lattuga and Maria Baranova.

 

Yuki makes her débuts at the Opéra de Lausanne where she sang the role of the Gazelle in Thierry Besançon’s Les Zoocrates with Andrei Feher as conductor. She was then often invited, and would make appearances in : Fledermaus  under the baton of Frank Beerman, and Adriano Sinivia's staging, she also sang alongside Philippe Jaroussky and Anett Fritsch in Händel's Rinaldo with Andrea Marcon. She created the title-role of Little Red Riding Hood (Le Petit Chaperon Rouge) composed by Swiss Guy-François Leuenberger, and we would see her dance performance in L'Auberge du Cheval Blanc by Benatzky, conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce and staged by Gilles Rico.

 

Internationally, she sang in Italy in Rinaldo Bellucci’s creation Il Gatto con gli Stivali in Teatro Araldo in Torino, with Silvano Palsini. She also had the chance to step in the stage in New York at Carnegie Hall for an Opera Showcase concert with pianist Giovanni Longo and Stephen Kennedy Murphy’s staging, in a program for Young emerging artists. She was invited two years in a row at the Abakan Festival for young musicians in Russia.

 

Competition wise, she won First Prize in both Vienna's Competition and parisian Leopold Bellan's competition. She also won the Virginia Zeani competition in Torino, Italy, after receiving the Mosetti Grant and the Max Jost Grant.

 

Upcoming : Cupidon in Offenbach's Orphée au Enfers with Arie Van Beek and Olivier Py's staging, and Papagena in Mozart's Zauberflöte, with Éric Vigié's staging and under the direction of Frank Beerman.

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