Tenor Taka Komagata brightens classical music internationally with his sincere vocal style. His colorful voice and genuine expressions bring new life to his repertoire.
Currently, as a Resident Artist at the Mae Z. Orvis Opera Studio of the Hawai’i Opera Theatre, he starred as Bastien in a studio version of Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. This season, Taka will make his company debut in the role of Manny in Gabriele Vanoni’s Ellis, a world premiere multimedia and immersive opera with Guerilla Opera. In December 2020, he made a Japanese debut in Tokyo and performed the male leading role in an original Christmas musical, I’ll Be Home for Christmas with Asakusa Kyugeki Theater. Also, he recently made his European debut as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Varna International Opera Academy conducted by Gregory Buchalter from the Metropolitan Opera and directed by Dale Morehouse in Varna, Bulgaria. He also performed the tenor solo in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with Varna International Music Academy Orchestra at The Festival and Congress Centre. In Halifax, Taka performed his Canadian debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni conducted by Peter Oleskevich. Recent engagements include Ferrando (Così fan tutte), King Kasper (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Baron Zsupán (Countess Maritza), the title role in Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, the leading male role of Charles in The Finishing School by Franz von Suppe, Le Surintendant des plaisirs in Cendrillon, and Federico in L’amico Fritz.
Mr. Komagata is the co-founder of Balcony Series, an artistic troupe delivering timeless classical compositions to unsuspecting listeners through impromptu performances. The series builds spontaneous bridges between everyday life and the experience of classical music by catering to audiences who would otherwise not seek out the genre. Balcony Series has appeared at Boston landmarks such as the Prudential Center, MIT, and the Stillman Willis House. Most recently, with Balcony Series collaborators, the Story Street project had provided intimate community experiences with classical music through story-telling and participatory physical and musical activities at community events.
As an active recitalist, he has had numerous opportunities to perform with distinguished organizations. His recent recital, Aria Night sponsored by the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics gave the audience an opportunity to learn and enjoy a collection of arias from some of the world’s most popular operas while relating the storylines to their own lives through spoken word. He also co-produced a recital as an all-Japanese repertoire at the historic Arlington Street Church in Boston.
Mr. Komagata also has a great passion for contemporary music and has worked with renowned contemporary composers. He recently performed the role of Mr. Foster in Timothy Peterson’s The Séance with the Harford Opera Theater and the role of Friend in a virtual production of Felix Jarrar’s The Fall of the House of Usher.
Taka holds a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera Performance (‘19) and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at Longy School of Music of Bard College (‘18), studying under Carol Mastrodomenico; a Certificate of Merit in Voice at New England Conservatory of Music (‘16); and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Hawaii Pacific University (‘15). He was a finalist of Longy School of Music of Bard College Honors Competition (‘19) and received third prize in the Yokohama International Music Competition (‘16).