Momoko Tanno, voice instructor, works on building strong technique in her students, emphasizing text, music interpretation, and breath energy to nurture a complete performer. Momoko describes herself as both a technician and an artist at the same time, and by tapping into these traits she encourages her students to reach their maximum potential.
She brings to MacPhail a wide-array of real-world experience. Her credits include Susanna in Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Juan Giovanni, Frasquita in Carmen with the Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune/American Repertory Theatre/Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Song Liling’s voice/Kurogo in M. Butterfly at the Guthrie Theatre. She has performed opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and numerous recitals in the Twin Cities, Japan, and Germany. Momoko is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has taught voice at Breck School, Roseville Area High School, and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists as well as at her own private studio.
She has a Bachelor of Arts from Nihon University and a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, and continued her studies in Paris, France with legendary baryton martin, Camille Maurane, and in St. Paul with renowned vocal pedagogue Elizabeth Mannion.
Momoko Tanno is the recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in 2013, and Cultural Community Partnership Grant in 2015.