A versatile performer, Momoko Tanno was born in Tokyo, lived in Brazil, USA, and France.  She began singing with her mother Yumiko Tanno, founding director of Heinrich Schütz-Chor, Tokyo, received her B.A. in Vocal Performance at Nihon University in Tokyo, and performed at the Yomiuri New Artists Concert.  After she earned her M. M. in Vocal Performance at University of Minnesota, she continued her studies in Paris, France. She has been performing with major theaters in the Twin Cities and nationally, in productions such as M. Butterfly at the Guthrie Theater, Figaro (Susanna), Don Juan Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Carmen (Frasquita) with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, American Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Pacific Overtures (Tamate, Shogun’s Mother) with Park Square Theater and Mu Performing Arts.

As a concert artist, Momoko has performed with Minnesota Orchestra (Benefit Concert for Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan), produced and performed in Twin Cities Theatre Artists for Japan – A Benefit Concert at the Ordway McKnight Theatre, Bach Society of Minnesota, Heinrich Schütz-Chor, Tokyo, and Heinrich Schütz-Chor, Heilbronn, and most recently with Cerulean Fire. She is passionate about teaching voice, and she has been a faculty member at MacPhail since 2007.  Recipient of the 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, she is working on a new Japanese opera “Yukionna” with composer Asako Hirabayashi, and a CD recording of Japanese Songs made possible by the MacPhail Artist Grant through the McKnight Foundation.

Photo credit: Michal Daniel

Photo credit: Michal Daniel

Momoko Tanno is a brash, lovely and enchantingly melodic Susanna
— Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle