Japanese soprano Eri Nakamura was a Jette Parker Young Artist for The Royal Opera 2008–10, singing roles including Fifth Maid (Elektra), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore), Frasquita (Carmen), Musetta (La bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro and Sophie (Werther). Since leaving the Programme she has returned to sing Liù (Turandot) and Gilda (Rigoletto).
Nakamura studied at Osaka College of Music and the Opera Studio at Tokyo New National Theatre, before joining Opera Studio Nederland in the 2006/07 season. She is currently a member of the Bavarian State Opera, which she joined in September 2010 on graduating from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. Her roles with the company have included Susanna, Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Gretel, Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Giulietta, Xenia (Boris Godunov) and Liù. Engagements elsewhere include with such leading theatres and orchestras as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Washington National Opera, Orchestre National de France and NHK Symphony Orchestra.
Nakamura was a finalist in the 2009 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition and a Song Prize finalist. Her concert performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bruckner’s Te Deum and a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall.