Yoriko Tanno-Kimmons (soprano) is a busy and successful singing teacher in Ottawa and Toronto; with over one hundred students each year, she has one of the largest studios in Canada. She emphasizes healthy and effective vocal production for singing styles ranging from bel canto to belting and her students consistently excel in competitions and festivals at the local, provincial and national levels. Students have also achieved great success in international competitions. Since 1996, she has produced annual Operatic Showcases with students singing under internationally renowned directors. Consistently and over many years, students have moved on to professional operatic or musical theatre careers, appearing in leading roles in Toronto, Broadway and European productions such as: Madama Butterfly, La Wally, Tosca, Magic Flute, Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, Urinetown, The Evil Dead, Jersey Boys, Oklahoma!, Flower Drum Song, 42nd Street, Mary Poppins, The Pirate Queen, etc.
Despite a heavy student load, including teaching voice for the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, Ms Tanno-Kimmons has given master classes for the Charlottetown Festival Young Company, the Quebec Singing Teachers' Association, etc., and lectured for the Opera Lyra Ottawa Guild. On physician's recommendation or referral, she has also taken clients (often professional pop or rock singers) with damaged vocal cords from incorrect use of the voice; these have been successfully corrected and enabled to continue with healthy singing careers.
Ms Tanno-Kimmons came to Canada at the age of 17. After obtaining her Associateship in the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, she majored in opera at the University of British Columbia. She then continued her training in Seattle and later in Toronto. She continues to coach with the world-renowned opera expert Stuart Hamilton and is also associated with José Hernández and Guillermo Silva-Marin of Opera in Concert and Toronto Operetta Theatre. On the West Coast, she sang solo engagements with the Vancouver Symphony, the Pacific Northwest Ballet of Seattle and the Prince George Symphony, and the role of Maria Corona in the Canadian première of Menotti's The Saint of Bleeker Street. Toronto roles have included Musetta in La Bohème and Tatiana in Eugene Onégin. The Toronto Star noted her Mrs Li in the world première production of the musical Tiananmen Dreamsand Ellen in Opera in Concert's Lakmé. She has often been heard in recital accompanied by Stuart Hamilton, with whom she has also recorded for the CBC, or José Hernández. For a concert tour in Japan she was accompanied Evelyn Greenberg; she continues to sing in recitals and concerts as time and opportunity permit.