MUTSUMI HATANO (Mezzo soprano)

Mutsumi HATANO finished her postgraduate studies at Trinity College of Music, London with E.Hawes after her training at the University of Miyazaki, Japan.
Noted by the "Toronto Star" as possessing " a voice brimming with deep and genuine emotion," mezzo-soprano Mutsumi HATANO has enraptured audiences worldwide with her interpretation of old English songs, Italian madrigals, French air de coeur,Spanish songs and J.S. Bach's cantatas. From 1998 She has appeared as a soloist with the Bach Collegium Japan in their concert series and on their recent recording of Monteverdi's "Vespro della Beata Virgine".
Operatic rolells for which she has enjoyed particular commendation include: Dido("Dido and Aneas", H.Purcel, conducted by Ryo TERAKADO), Baccus' Maiden("Anacreon", J.P.Rameau, conducted by Ch. ROUSSET), Silvia, Godess of Music("Orfeo", Monteverdi), and others.
She is also particularly identified with the music of contemporary composers of her native Japan. She is a frequent collaborator of Michio Mamiya, and she sung his "Serenade No. 3" for the " Hún Qiáo; Bridge of Souls" world premiere with Yo-Yo Ma at Minnesota in May 2001.
Hatano has engaged audiences everywhere with her warmth, expressive delivery, and elegant charm.

"Wonderful!! We were all still very excited about Takashi and Mutsumi's concert. It was a really memorable evening - how lucky we are in Lincoln to have players and singers of that quality to play to us."
(Peter BERG : Lincoln Early music festival, 9 Aug.2001)
"What a concert! Of the ten items, four provided probably the most moving performance I've heard for several years. The singer seemed to use the acoustic as an extension of her voice, with the higher, sustained notes ringing quietly around with absolute purity. Their UK tour is over, but when they come again, don't miss them."(Clifford BARTLETT : [Early music review / Editor] at Cambridge summer music festival ,3 Aug.2001)


Mutsumi Hatano and Takashi Tsunoda began performing the lute songs of John Dowland together in
1990, and since then have never failed to enrapture audiences with their unique combination of
Mutsumi's clear, expressive voice and the delicacy of Takashi's lute accompaniment, overflowing with
emotion. In addition to the Dowland songs and other old English songs, their repertoire spans the
renaissance to the baroque, including Italian madrigals, French air de cour and Spanish songs with
vihuela accompaniment, and to each a new charm and vitality is introduced.

Mutsumi and Takashi tour their native Japan extensively and their interpretations are available on
many CD recordings, which constantly enjoy critical acclaim in the press and are the recipients of
numerous awards. In 1998 Mutsumi toured with Takashi in Germany and Britain to considerable
public acclaim. She joined also to "Tablatura" 's abroad tour as solo singer, for Canada, Egypt, Italy,
Austria, India and Pakistan etc.


"Cleanses the heart as would a fresh clear spring. Natural without affectation."
(Music critic Setsuo Sasaki.)

"One can feel the ideas of the texts in the resonance of the voice. I want to hear this over and over
(Music critic Kozo Hattori.)

"How can it be that the delicacy and utmost languor of love songs of the England of 400 years ago
can be so perfectly expressed by a Japanese voice?"
(English literature scholar Yasunari Takahashi)

"A voice brimming with deep and genuine emotion."
(The Toronto Star, Canada.)

"A perfect performance by musicians exuding meditative peace."
(Lausitzer Rundschau, Germany.)

"The audience want to hear to the very end of every sound of Hatano's voice and Tsunoda's lute."
(Saarbrücker Zeitung, Germany.)

International Performances

[2005 June :London]
[2005 April :Santa Cruz, California]
[2001 JulyÅ`August : Warwick //Leominster//Cambridge//Newbury// London//Lincoln ]
[2001 May :St.Paul, Minnesota]
[1999 June : Cheltenham // Warwick //Leominster// London ]
[1998 September : Köln // Aachen // Kassel // Leominster //London ]