Japanese-American soprano Arisa Kusumi has performed around the world, including in Europe, the US, Mexico, and Japan. An internationally acclaimed concert and recital singer, her career highlights include performances at Marlboro Music Festival, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Villecroze Festival of France, the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Mozart Society of Atlanta, and the Robert Schumann Philharmonic in Germany.
Her prolific opera career includes over 300 opera performances of light lyric/soubrette roles such as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Anna in Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried among others at such companies as the San Francisco Opera Center, the Chemnitz, Halle, and Osnabrück Operas of Germany, Vadstena Akademien in Sweden, the Xalapa Orchestra in Mexico, and recently as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was a prizewinner at the Verbier Festival, the International Robert Schumann Lied Competition, as well as being a finalist in the Joy in Singing Competition.
A magna cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, she received further training at the Bavarian State Opera Münchener Singschul’, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, and extensive mentorship from such art song masters as Dalton Baldwin, Thomas Quasthoff, and Ernst Haefliger, among others.
She studied voice with Carol Webber, Benita Valente, and Marni Nixon. As a teacher, Ms. Kusumi has given masterclasses at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and Bob Jones University. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Voice at Rollins College since 2012.