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Brian Asawa as Oberon in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at SF Opera
Brian Asawa as Oberon in Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream at SF Opera

Japanese American countertenor Brian Asawa (born 1966) studied music at UC Santa Cruz, UCLA and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The singer's career was launched in 1991 when he became the first countertenor to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. After a two year association as a young artist with San Francisco Opera in 1991-92, he became the first countertenor to win the Pl├ícido Domingo Operalia International Opera Competition (1994) and was chosen Seattle Opera's Artist of the Year (1996-97). Brian Asawa as Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Brian Asawa as Oberon in A Midsummer Nights Dream File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto or soprano range, often through use of falsetto. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... The University of Southern California (also known as USC, SC, and Southern California), Californias oldest private research university, is located in the urban center of Los Angeles, California. ... A full house at the old Metropolitan Opera House, seen from the rear of the stage, at the Metropolitan Opera House for a concert by pianist Josef Hofmann, November 28, 1937. ... San Francisco Opera (SFO) is the second largest opera company in North America. ... Plácido Domingo Plácido Domingo (born January 21, 1941) is a famous Spanish opera singer. ...

Asawa's operatic season highlights include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera; Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare at Metropolitan Opera, Bordeaux, Opera Australia, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Hamburg State Opera; Arsamene in Serse at Los Angeles, Cologne, Seattle, and Geneva; Admeto in Admeto at Sydney, Montpellier and Halle; Baba The Turk in The Rake's Progress at San Francisco and for Swedish television; Fiodor in Boris Godunov at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Endimione in La Calisto in Brussels, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream at San Francisco, Houston, London Symphony Orchestra and Lyon; Ascanio in Ascanio in Alba at the Lincoln Center; Farnace in Mitridate at Opera National de Lyon and Paris Opera; Nero in L'incoronazione di Poppea in Sydney; Ottone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea at Glimmerglass Opera in New York; Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice, La Speranza in L'Orfeo and L'Umana Fragilita/Anfinomo in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at Netherlands Opera; David in Saul and Belize in Angels at the Bavarian State Opera, and Sesto in Giulio Cesare at COC in Toronto. Giulio Cesare is an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... Covent Garden is a shopping and entertainment complex in central London. ... The façade of the Liceu, as viewed from the Ramblas The Gran Teatre del Liceu (or simply Liceu; in Spanish: Liceo) is an opera house on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. ... The Hamburg State Opera (in German: Hamburgische Staatsoper) is one of the leading opera companies in Germany. ... Serse (also known as Xerxes) is an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel. ... The Rakes Progress is an English opera in three acts and an epilogue by Igor Stravinsky. ... Boris Godunov (Бори́с Годуно́в in Russian, Boris Godunov in transliteration) is an opera by Modest Mussorgsky to a Russian libretto by the composer, based on the drama of the same name by Aleksandr Pushkin and on Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzins History of the Russian State. The music is written in a uniquely... A Midsummer Nights Dream is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written sometime in the mid-1590s. ... Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a 15 acre (61,000 m²) complex of buildings in New York City which serves as home for 12 arts companies. ... Lincoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) is an opera seria in three acts by Claudio Monteverdi to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, based on historical incidents described in the Annals of Tacitus. ... Glimmerglass Opera was founded in 1975. ... Orfeo (LOrfeo, favola in musica) is one of the earliest works recognized as an opera, composed by Claudio Monteverdi with text by Alessandro Striggio for the annual carnival of Mantua. ... Munich, National Theatre The Bavarian State Opera (in German: Bayerische Staatsoper) is an opera company in Munich and is one of the leading opera companies in Germany and the world. ...

Mr. Asawa's discography includes four solo recital discs ranging from Dowland and Campion to Rachmaninov and Ned Rorem. Opera recordings include Farnace in Mitridate for Decca, Arsamene in Serse for Conifer and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream for Philips with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: , Sergej Vasilevič Rahmaninov, April 1, 1873 – March 28, 1943) was a Russian-born American composer, pianist, and conductor. ... The London Symphony Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ...

Asawa is the nephew of sculptor Ruth Asawa.

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He studies with my vocal teacher, Jane Randolph in San Francisco California.

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The Secret Life of Countertenors (1206 words)
Asawa reports that when he first came on the scene, "People would look up when I'd start singing, be shocked by my high voice, look down at the program to see who I was, and then look back up and watch me again.
Among Asawa's fantasy roles are Rossini's Tancredi, Malcolm in Rossini's La Donna del Lago and the contralto pants role in Donizetti's Anna Bolena.
Asawa, who is gay, has never felt that his sexual orientation was assumed or addressed by his singing.
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