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BIOGRAPHY

“The talented Toshi Ogita… playing Malcolm, with a fine future ahead of him…” 

   - Jenni Balow, Verdi’s Macbeth - Review, Minack Theatre, July 2019

supporters. Toshi is involved in numerous projects at the  

Toshi has performed the role of Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth  for Duchy Opera, and Tamino in a semi-staged performance of excerpts from Die Zauberflöte at Truro Cathedral. He 

Originally from Japan, tenor Toshi Ogita is a current Master's student at the Royal Academy of Music, under the tutelage of Richard Berkeley-Steele and Anna Tilbrook. Toshi is generously supported by the RAM Bursary Award and a number of private

performed in the chorus for Le Nozze di Figaro (2019) at the New

Academy, including ‘Bach the European’ series.

Generation Festival in Florence. In opera scenes at the Oxenfoord International Summer School, Toshi performed the roles of Mayor Albert Herring and Basilio/Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro.

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On the concert platform, performances include Mozart’s Requiem with Truro Choral Society, and as a ripienist in Handel’s Esther with Opera dei Lumi. Recently, Toshi was in a live-streamed concert from Duke's Hall, RAM, with Iain Ledingham, of Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV62, and Handel Dixit Dominus.

In 2017, Toshi performed in the world-premiere of the cantata Jeremiad for alto, tenor, and piano by Alex Woolf, a work written specifically for Toshi. Intended as a companion piece to Britten’s Canticle II, Abraham and IsaacJeremiad was performed alongside both Britten’s Canticles I and II at Truro Cathedral.

 

A keen recitalist, Toshi is particularly passionate about lieder. With pianist Tim Dean, Toshi has performed Schubert’s Schwanengesang, and a selection from Schumann’s Myrthen. Together with pianist Alexandra Standing, they gave a live-streamed recital in March 2021 for Stockbridge Music, titled 'Desire in Spring', of songs by Schumann, Schubert, Duparc, Gurney, and others. Cycles currently in preparation also include Tippet's The Heart's Assurance and Lili Boulanger's Clairières dans le ciel.

 

Upcoming engagements include performances around the UK of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Helen Lacey and pianist Max Bilbe, and a complete survey of Schumann’s Myrthen. In 2021, Toshi will be performing Nemerino L’elisir d’amore in opera scenes at RAM.

In March 2021, Toshi took part in SWAP'ra's 'Forgotten Voices', an online festival to celebrate International Women's Day, which streamed hitherto unrecorded songs and arias by female composers.

 

In July 2021, Toshi will be performing the role of Enchanted Plant/3rd Water Deity in Brighton Early Music Festival’s production of Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.

In winter 2021, Toshi and Alex Standing will be giving performances of Schubert's Winterreise.

Previously, Toshi read MA History of Art & History of Music at the University of Edinburgh. During this time, he studied privately with Scott Johnson, and was a choral scholar at Paisley Abbey. Subsequently, he sang for three years at Truro Cathedral, where he was involved in concerts and recordings with the City of London Sinfonia, BBC NOW, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Toshi has also sung with RCS Voices, BBC Proms Youth Choir, CBSO and RSNO Choruses. With these choirs, Toshi has participated in numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and televised concerts. Prior to starting at RAM, he sang regularly at Winchester Cathedral, where he continues to sing.

Having been introduced by Scott Johnson to the writings of Richard Miller, Kenneth Bozeman, and David L. Jones, Toshi has a keen interest in vocal pedagogy. In particular, he is interested in how the tripartite system of respiration, phonation, and resonation is a non-linear synergistic one, influencing and interacting with each other; semantic differences and their implications; the relationship between sensory perception/kinesthesia vs. what is physiologically happening; pedagogic efficiency and how certain aims are prioritised over the course of teaching an individual.

 

Originally a double bass player and a music scholar at Ampleforth College, Toshi was a Hesse student at the 2014 Aldeburgh Festival. Having received tuition in conducting from William Conway, Toshi has also conducted choral societies and student orchestras. His undergraduate dissertation (2016), titled ‘Lost to the World: the visual and musical cultures of fin-de -siècle Vienna’ explored the interaction between art and music in early 20th-century Vienna, through Schopenhauer and Wagner, specifically between Mahler and Klimt. The work has been praised for its originality by Christian Weikop, Peter Vergo, and Richard Stokes. Toshi is interested in music’s role as a socio-cultural indicator, historical examples of interdisciplinary collaboration, and exploring this through programming.

 

Toshi lives in Hampshire with his partner and a retired greyhound. In his spare time, he is a part-time cabinet-maker, and a sourdough baker.

 

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