The Washington Post describes Kaori Sato as “a Madama Butterfly to contend with. Singing the demanding role with subtlety and considerable beauty”. Indeed, she has sung the title role of Cio-Cio San with opera companies such as Cleveland, Virginia, Palm Beach, Tacoma and Rochester, NY. She has also sung Liu in Turandot with Opera Memphis, Nashville Opera and Teatro Lirico d’Europa in Italy and Micaela in Carmen with Dallas Opera. Her performances include Mimi in La Boheme, Gilda in Rigoletto and La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro. She is also an active concert performer, appearing with symphonies across the country as well as Europe and Asia. Ms. Sato is a first prizewinner of the Liederkranz Foundation award, a winner of the Tokyo International Voice Competition, and the Licia Albanese – Puccini International Competition among others. She received a BM from Miyagi-gakuin College in Japan and earned a MM from Mannes College of Music in New York. Ms. Sato has been on the voice faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music since 1998.