Manager: Damon Bristo
Management Territory: North America
"Nakamura is a petite woman with a surprisingly big voice, projected with plenty of spin and reminiscent of Mirella Freni. She impressed in Juliette’s ‘Je veux vivre’, then swopped over to Giulietta for ‘Oh! quante volte’. Liù’s ‘Tu che di gel sei cinta’ was shaped with welcome dignity, even heroism, while Strauss’ song Cäcilie brought long-breathed phrasing and surging passion." Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Now, June 2009 - BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Final
"Nothing so far could have prepared the audience for the confidence, brilliance and pathos of her appearance in such a challenging role as Bellini’s heroine. Legato, coloratura, breath control, intonation and beauty of timbre were all securely in place. For Nakamura the future looks bright indeed." John McCann, Opera, May 2009 - Giulietta in Bellini’s 'I Capuleti e I Montecchi'
"One of Covent Garden’s most promising young interns, the Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura, was a delightful Musetta. Not only is she young and pure of voice unlike some of the old boilers Covent Garden often find for this role, she also has undoubted talent as a comedienne." David Mellor, Mail on Sunday, January 2010 - Musetta in Puccini La bohème at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura shot to prominence when she stepped in to replace Anna Netrebko at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for a performance of Giulietta in 'I Capuleti e i Montecchi' conducted by Sir Mark Elder, to critical and public acclaim. She then reached the finals of both the Song and Orchestra Prizes at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2009.
Eri Nakamura studied at the Osaka College of Music before joining the Opera Studio at the New National Theatre Tokyo, and then the Opera Studio Nederland, . . . Amsterdam. Performances at the New National Theatre included Susanna in 'Le nozze di Figaro' directed by Andreas Homoki, Ilia in 'Idomeneo' under Dan Ettinger, Marzelline in 'Fidelio' under Cornelius Meister and Nannetta in Jonathan Miller’s production of 'Falstaff'.
From September 2008-2010, Eri was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. Her roles included Musetta ('La bohème'), Voice of Heaven ('Don Carlo'), Frasquita ('Carmen'), 5th Maid ('Elektra') and Lauretta ('Gianni Schicch'i). In summer 2010, she sang Susanna in 'Le nozze di Figaro' under Sir Colin Davis for which she received excellent reviews. Eri returned to the Royal Opera House in the 2010-11 season singing Sophie in 'Werther' under Antonio Pappano.
In September 2010, Eri Nakamura joined the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Roles in her first season included Susanna, Pamina, Zerlina, Giulietta in a new production under Yves Abel, for which she received sensational reviews, Arbate in 'Mitridate rei di Ponto', also a new production under Ivor Bolton, and Naiad in 'Ariadne auf Naxos'.
Recent concert engagements include performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and her debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra singing Mahler Symphony No.4.
In the 2011-12 season Eri’s engagements include Bruckner Te Deum at the Vatican in Rome and a tour to Japan with the Bayerische Staatsoper. Her roles in Munich include Woglinde in 'Der Ring des Nibelungen', Flowermaiden in 'Parsifal', 'L’enfant et les sortilèges' under Kent Nagano and Liù in 'Turandot'. In the future, Eri sings her first Juliette in 'Roméo et Juliette' at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, returns to the Royal Opera House, and makes her debut at Washington National Opera and Opéra de Toulouse.