|Born||May 21, 1971|
Yoshikazu Mera (米良 美一, Mera Yoshikazu, born May 21, 1971 in Miyazaki) is a Japanese countertenor. His range is three and a half octaves.
Originally wanting to become a pop singer, Mera now primarily sings classical music from the West but also classical Japanese music. He appears frequently as a soloist with the Bach Collegium Japan, which under its conductor Masaaki Suzuki performs Baroque music. His 1998 recital disc "Nightingale" on Sweden's BIS Records was a major success in Japan.
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.
- Nightingale – Japanese Art Songs
- Baroque Arias
- Baroque Arias, vol. 2
- The Best of Yoshikazu Mera
- Princess Mononoke: Music from the Motion Picture (1997)
- Songs for Counter-Tenor and Orchestra
- Mera sings Bach
- ^ a b c Biography with images at bach-cantatas.com
- ^ Billboard – January 24, 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."
- ^ 米良美一の實話 (Yoshikazu Mela's a true story)