“…the audience enjoyed very much her talent, her voice and acting abilities…“
Aargauer Zeitung, December 2006
Kaoko Amano, born in Tokio, studied voice and music pedagogy at the Tokio Gakugei University. Subsequently, she completed the postgraduate studies at the Konservatorium Wien.
She won the second as well well as a special prize at the 8. Emmy Destinn Competition and was a finalist at numerous competitions.
Kaoko Amano sang diverse roles while various opera engagements, such as Cathrine (G. Bizet – „The Fair Maid of Perth“), Esmeralda (B. Smetana – „The Bartered Bride“ conducted by D. Bostock, Schloss Oper Hallwyl), Telli (Hadschibäjov – „Velvet and Silk“, conducted by M. Schnack, Wiener Kammeroper) etc.
She commits herself to contemporary music and has been involved in numerous first performances of works of internationally renowned composers. She performs at various festivals, for example Wien Modern, Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Musiktheatertage Wien, Klangspuren Schwaz, in concert halls such as Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzethaus, ORF Radiokulturhaus and Arnold Schönberg Center. Kaoko Amano cooperates with IGNM, ÖGZM, Ensemble Phace, Ensemble Kontrapunkte, „ensemble xxi jahrhundert“, Ensemble Reconsil, Schallfeld Ensemble and others.
Within the framework of the „World New Music Days 2013“ Kaoko Amano sang the main roles of the operas „Warmth” (T. Friebel/P. Pawlik) and „Bill” (T. Jelinek/J. Sanchez-Chiong), followed by „Feminine/Masculine“ (E.M. Binder/P. Liakakis, 2014 in Schauspielhaus Graz/Austria). She also had great success at the „Operas of the Future 2018″ thanks to singing the main roles in „Konjiki Yasha“ (T. Yokokawa/C. Zauner) and „Mirada Antigua“ (J. Quislant/C. Zauner) in the Opera Graz/Austria as well as in the „Opera of Time“ (T. Jelinek/J. Sanchez-Chiong at the Musiktheatertage Wien 2019) and „Dies Irae – der Tag des Zorns“ (K. Voges/P. Walfisch, 2019 in Wiener Burgtheater). From september 2023 she plays in „DU MUSST DICH ENTSCHEIDEN!“ (K. Voges) in Volkstheater Wien as a guest-actress.
She is a member of Ensemble Platypus and Black Page Orchestra.