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Vocal pedagogist, singer, performer, and educator Eiji Miura has been appointed managing director of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain. Miura, a graduate of the Conservatory’s vocal pedagogy program, joined its faculty in 2018. Previously, he served on the voice faculties of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, Clark University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“It's with great excitement that we welcome Eiji Miura to the Berklee Valencia campus,” said María M. Iturriaga, executive director of the Valencia campus. “Miura’s experience on stage, as well as his work on voice teaching methods, will bring a new approach to the opera program.”
Miura is a versatile artist, equally comfortable on the operatic stage as he is interpreting the more intimate genre of art song. His 2019 season included several engagements with Odyssey Opera, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and cathedral residencies in England. He also sang the role of Goro in the world’s first Japanese-English bilingual production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights.
Miura is a strong proponent of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and this experience led him to begin investigating issues surrounding culturally appropriative themes and practices in the Western classical tradition. Subsequently, he was asked to participate in a panel discussion for OPERA America in which he offered several strategies for approaching shows with problematic source material.
In addition to his Master of Music in vocal pedagogy, Miura holds a Master of Science in communications and a double Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies and vocal performance from Clark University. He is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and currently serves as secretary of the board of directors for the Boston chapter of NATS.
The Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia is a unique program that offers talented singers the opportunity to hone their technical skills with world-class faculty, gain valuable performance experience in a variety of settings, learn how to build and maintain a career in opera, and connect with industry professionals.
Miura took up his new post in February 2020.