John Ken Nuzzo | TEDxTokyo 2012
Sometimes the libretto to a life is already written. John Ken Nuzzo was a university business major in California before he seriously contemplated a professional singing career, but he’d been an awed young extra in La Scala’s Japan production of Otello featuring Placido Domingo, and Mozart Effect author Don Campbell then John’s high school teacher prodded him to perform. In 2000, the Tokyo-born Japanese American won a competition in Japan to sing for the Vienna State Opera. A year later he earned the Eberhard Waecheter Medal, awarded to the two most promising talents in Austria’s opera houses. Engagements elsewhere followed, including Munich, Salzburg, Tokyo and many major roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Profiled in the TV documentary “Jounetsu Tairiku,” John’s profile soared in Japan, and in 2002 he sang at NHK’s famed “Kouhaku Uta-Gassen” New Year’s Eve concert. After the 3/11 disaster he traversed Japan, raising money and lifting spirits with his voice. He hopes to raise opera’s popularity here as well.