in Rome with Clara Scarangela and won the Special Judges Award at the International Bellini competition in Sicily. She was a favorite for concert-goers in Amsterdam where she appeared frequently.
In the US Ms Williams has appeared in several roles with Opera Memphis under the baton of Maestro Michael Ching. These roles include Cio-Cio san in Madame Butterfly, and Liu in Turandot – appearing with Audrey Stottler as Turandot and Roy C. Smith as Calaf. Preparing for her role in Butterfly she spent several months in Tokyo studying with one of the world’s best loved Butterflies - Marcella Reale.
Recently she appeared in China with the China Philharmonic Orchestra (Beijing) and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Massimo Zanetti performing six songs by Richard Strauss. For two of these songs – Die heiligen drei Konige aus Morgenland, Op. 56 No. 6 and Gesang der Apollopriesterin, Op. 33 No 2 – it was the China Premiere. She reprised this program with the Northbrook Symphony as a benefit for International Beethoven Project.
At the moment she is working with Japanese legend Hiroshi Oga developing a program for both a CD recording and for live performances based on traditional Japanese songs. This beautiful music captivates audiences when they hear it, usually for the first time. She has also recorded for Disney Educational Productions under the baton of Maestro Mark Watters.
Kaori Williams is a vibrant international artist who has delighted audiences around the world with stirring performances in both opera and concert. The beautiful color of her voice, her versatility and repertoire – from classic opera to traditional symphonic pieces such as songs by Strauss to traditional Japanese music – have allowed to perform in a unique set of venues and make each of her performances special and memorable.
A native of metropolitan Tokyo, Ms Williams graduated Senzoku Music University and immediately joined Asunaro Opera Company (Tokyo). With Asunaro Opera she performed many roles and premiered the role of Kotaro in the Japanese opera Yuki & Oninbe.
Following Asunaro Opera Ms Williams won the competition to join the Young Artists Program at Tokyo Fujiwara Opera; the first and oldest opera company in Japan. While there she performed several roles including the role of Suzanna in The Marriage of Figaro. She also won the Kawasaki Music Competition and was featured in their Annual New Year’s Concert.
Adding to her work with the Asunaro and Fujiwara Opera Companies Ms Williams also appeared frequently with Tokyo’s NAOS Opera under the leadership of Japan’s most renowned opera artist, Kiyoko Otani. With NAOS she performed roles from Barber of Seville, La Clemenza di Tito and others.
Building on her work in Japan, Ms Williams lived and studied in Europe. While in Italy she studied