Mezzo-Contralto Makiko Narumi of Aomori, Japan, received her bachelor's degree in music education from Iwate University, followed by another bacheor's degree in arts and a master’s degree in music from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
Miss Narumi is a young artist at the Juilliard Opera Center in New York studying under Robert White, Rita Shane, and the late Beverley Peck Johnson. She has performed with notable conductors throughout the United States, including Seiji Ozawa, with whom she recently sang the role of Dame Quickly of Verdi's Falstaff, and James Colon, who led a performance of the Mahler Eighth Symphony at the Cincinnati May Festival. At the Aspen Music Festival, she has also worked with Julius Rudel, David Zinman, and James Conlon. In addition, Ms. Narumi sang the role of Agatha Liu in the world premiere performance of Bernard Rands’ Belladonna. At Juilliard Opera Center, she performed the role of Lucretia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, the role of the first prioress in Poulenc’s Dialogues of Carmelites and has also been featured in performances of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder,Gluck’s Armide, and Chabrier’s L’Étoile.
As an accomplished interpreter of oratorio repertoire, Ms. Narumi has sung St. John’s Passion, St. Matthew’s Passion, Elijah, Messiah, and Verdi’s Requiem, and was a soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Gernot Schmalfuss, also with Yoshimi Takeda at Carnegie Hall.
Recent engagements included the role of Arnalta in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Stuttgart Oper in Germany, the Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Klauspeter Seibel in Louisiana and with Jahja Ling at Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Narumi was a semi-finalist of the 2000 Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Hans Gavoa Opera Competition in Vienna, second-prize winner of the Licia Albanses-Puccini Foundation International Voice Competition, and the winner of Juilliard’s vocal competition in which she performed the Rückert Lieder with the Juilliard Symphony led by Joel Smirnoff.
Regrettably, Ms. Narumi died in Japan from cancer, on 30 April, 2002. She was 33.
In October 2003, Ms.Naurumi was to have starred in the world premiere of Tan Dun's new opera based on the Book of Tea. She was scheduled to graduate from the Juilliard Opera Center April 2002
© Makiko Narumi