Junko Watanabe

soprano
Soprano Junko Watanabe has performed widely in operas, oratorios, and recitals in the U.S. and in her native Japan. She has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Lyric Opera, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Bach Festival. As a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival from 2004 through 2007, she performed with Ken Noda, Martin Isepp, and Richard Goode. As well as collaborating with Victor Rosenbaum on Schubert’s Lieder, in recent years Ms. Watanabe has been featured as a soloist in Brahms’ “Requiem,” Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” Handel’s “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” and Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.” Ms. Watanabe holds master’s degrees from Osaka College of Music and Longy School of Music. She was a finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and winner of the NATS Competition Professional Division in Boston. Currently, she is on the faculty of Amherst College, Brattleboro Music Center, and Rivers School Conservatory.