Mayako ITO

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Mayako ITO



  • French melodies
  • Opera arias specifically arias in French


Mayako ITO studied piano from the age of 4. As a teenager, she became interested in singing, entered one of the best music universities in Japan and obtained her master’s degree in singing at Tokyo in 2008. She quickly acquired her first stage experience in more than fifteen roles, including Musetta (La Bohème – Puccini) at the Pacific Music Festival under the direction of Fabio Luisi, understudy of Amenaide (Tancredi – Rossini) conducted by Alberto Zedda, Papagena (The Magic Flute – Mozart), Zerlina (Don Giovanni – Mozart), Rita (Rita, or the Beaten Husband – Donizetti), Frasquita (Carmen – Bizet). She also performs as a solo soprano, for example in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Attracted since always by French melodies, she leaves Japan and moves to France in September 2011.

In 2013, Mayako thus obtained her 1st singing prize at the CNR of Cergy-Pontoise in Jean-François Rouchon’s class. Under the direction of Andrée-Claude Brayer, she is Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande – Debussy) then Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti). She also studied with great professionals such as Udo Reinemann, François Le Roux…

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Mayako is then received in the class of Isabelle Germain and Fabrice Boulanger at the CNSMD of Lyon in Master. She perfected her vocal techniques, both for opera and melodies, and discovered contemporary music. She performs at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as solo soprano II in Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II; she is Hélène in Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück. In June 2015, the jury will award her a very good mention for her master recital and a special mention for the interpretation of contemporary music.

Several times awarded, Mayako is, with the pianist Ayaka Niwano, Mayako laureate of the 7th international competition 2014 “song, lied and melody” of Gordes, duet prize of the 8th international competition of interpretation of the French melody of Toulouse, finalist of the 22nd international singing competition of Mâcon, 3rd prize of the singing competition of Coulaines, special prize of Contemporary Melody of the international competition Georges Enesco in Paris…

Since 2015, Mayako has been performing as a soloist in operas, recitals and concerts in France and Japan: participation in the Chorégies d’Orange in the summer of 2016, soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Tokyo, interpreter of the French and Japanese national anthems at the Emperor’s birthday ceremony at the Japanese Embassy in France, Rosina in Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, concerts at the Romanian Embassy in France, numerous festivals: recital “c’est le joli printemps” in Gordes, the “airs de soubrette” in the Opera, Musica Nigella festival, Voix pour Paix, “Les Mercredis Musicaux” festival in Saint-Pierre-en-Vaux…

Cours en ligne

68 €

The online course will allow you to follow the lessons so that you can progress at your own pace. I have found that working via webcam is equally effective in learning and understanding French pronunciation.

Cours présentiel

82 €

Do you find it hard to pronounce when you sing melodies or opera arias in French? I understand you perfectly as a foreigner. I have practised a lot by learning phonetics, tongue movement and the use of the mouth and jaw. I would like to share this technique with you so that you can sing French songs more comfortably.

If you don’t see any slots available, contact, we’ll be sure to get back to you to offer some.