Assistant Professor of Voice
Sahoko Sato Timpone

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Voice & Opera
Office Location
KMU 320B

Japanese mezzo-soprano Dr. Sahoko Sato Timpone grew up in Japan, Germany, and the U.S. and joined Florida State University’s College of Music in 2017 as an assistant professor of voice with over 20 years of professional and teaching experience. She also serves as an artist faculty member of Lunigiana International Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy, and has been on the faculty of Alion Baltic International Music Festival in Tallinn, Estonia and Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy in Tokyo, Japan. 

Dr. Timpone maintains an active performance career in opera, concert, and recital. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and has performed in many operas and concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has sung with Baltimore, Syracuse, Berkshire, Chautauqua, St. Petersburg Operas, Opera Maine, Seiji Ozawa Ongakujuku Opera, Saito Kinen Festival, Tokyo Spring Festival (previously Tokyo Opera Nomori) in roles such as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Quickly/Meg (Falstaff), Zita/Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Marthe/Siebel (Faust), Marcellina/Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), and Mercédès (Carmen). On the concert stage, she has appeared with Seattle, Oregon, West Virginia, Chautauqua, Singapore, Sapporo Symphonies, among others, in diverse repertoire ranging from baroque oratorios, works by Beethoven, Verdi, Mahler, to crossover music. She is also an advocate for new music and art song, and frequently performs in recitals nationally and internationally. Her solo recital credits include Bangkok, Thailand, sponsored by the Nomura Cultural Foundation, and Granada, Spain, as a winner of the First Miguel Zanetti International Spanish Song Competition. Her solo CD, Songs of Japonisme – Early 20th Century Art Songs from Japan and the West with pianist Kenneth Merrill was released on Sheva Collection and distributed by Naxos. She is also featured in David Soldier’s new opera Eighth Hour of Amduat (Mulatta Records) as Mistress of the Boat, and in a jazz arrangement of "Time to say good-bye" on jazz trumpeter James Zollar’s CD, Zollar Systems (JZAZ Records). 

She has presented for organizations including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA), the National Opera Association, and the Hawaii University International Conference in various topics including art song repertoire from East Asia, vocal health, and her doctoral research on Berlioz’s two African queens, Didon in Les Troyens and Cléopâtre in La mort de Cléopâtre. Timpone earned degrees from New England Conservatory (B.M., M.M. Vocal Pedagogy), Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Voice), and Rutgers University (D.M.A., recipient of Irene Alm Memorial Prize). 

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