Voice group: Tenor
Taro Takagi was born in Osaka, Japan, and studied at the Municipal Arts Academy in Tokyo (Gäidai), as well as working with Breda Zakotnik, Barbara Bonney, Monika Lenz and Béela Müller at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he was aided by a scholarship from the International Rotary Foundation. Here he completed a program of study in vocal performance, majoring in recital and oratorio singing.
His repertoire ranges from early baroque music to contemporary works, with a special focus on the sacred music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He could also be heard in a number of liturgical cantatas, as well as the “Matthäus Passion”, the “Johannes Passion”, the “Weihnachtsoratorium” and the “Kaffeekantate”. Beyond this, he sang tenor parts in Schütz’s “Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi”, the “Messe de minuit” and the “Te Deum” by Charpentier, “Jephta” by Carissimi, and Haydn’s “The Creation”, in addition to Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s “Lobgesang” and der “Glagolitic Mass” by Leoš Janáček.
Taro Takagi has been a number of several prominent ensembles such as the Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ), the Salzburger Dommusik, the Salzburger Bachgesellschaft and the SWR Vokalensemble in Stuttgart. On the operatic stage he has been heard primarily in such Mozart roles as Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”, Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni”, Tamino in “Die Zauberflöte” and as Arbace in “Idomeneo”. In addition, he has enjoyed great success in roles like Pedrillo in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, and as the witch in Humperdinck’s “Hänsel und Gretel” he made a great hit in a character part.
Taro Takagi has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus since 2012.