Yoshikazu Mera

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Yoshikazu Mera
Born (1971-05-21) May 21, 1971 (age 46)
Miyazaki, Japan
Genres Classical music
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present

Yoshikazu Mera (米良 美一, Mera Yoshikazu), born May 21, 1971, in Miyazaki, Japan, is a Japanese countertenor. His range is three and a half octaves.[1]

Originally wanting to become a pop singer, Mera now primarily sings classical music from the West but also classical Japanese music.[1] He appears frequently as a soloist with the Bach Collegium Japan, which under its conductor Masaaki Suzuki performs Baroque music.[1] His 1998 recital disc "Nightingale" on Sweden's BIS Records was a major success in Japan.[2]

It was revealed in a television documentary entitled "米良美一の實話" ("Yoshikazu Mela's true story") that he was born with congenital osteogenesis imperfecta.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Biography with images at bach-cantatas.com
  2. ^ Billboard - 24 Jan 1998 - Page 42 Vol. 110, n° 4 "Plus, countertenor Yoshikazu Mera is a sensation in Japan, where his recital disc of Japanese art songs has sold 50,000 copies in four months, according to label reports."
  3. ^ 米良美一の實話 (Yoshikazu Mela's a true story)

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