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// updated 08.17.2020 //

Pacific Opera Project's Japanese/English
Madama Butterfly at the Aratani Theatre

April 6, 13, 14, 2019

 Pacific Opera Project (POP) presents a watch party of their critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly, the first ever true-to-story bilingual production of the opera, performed in Los Angeles’s Little Tokyo. POP’s first co-production, Madama Butterfly was presented with Houston’s Opera in the Heights with a new libretto written by POP Artistic Director Josh Shaw and Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Eiki Isomura. The production presents Puccini’s story as if it actually happened and attempts to answer the question: “How would Butterfly and Pinkerton communicate?” Isomura conducts and Josh Shaw directs.

Japanese roles are sung in Japanese by Japanese-American artists and all American roles are sung in English. Every singer in the chorus is also Japanese-American, mostly composed of the South Bay Singers, lead by Chorus Master Naoko Suga. 

Reviews & Announcements: Opera Today / LOL LA  / San Francisco Classical Voice / Opera Wire / LA Times / LA Weekly 


For more info visit Pacific Opera Project website 

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Past Engagements

Sounds of Japan                                                                   

March 28, 2020     CANCELED due to COVID-19

The South Bay Singers present Sounds of Japan with the LA Glee Men's Chorus, Voice Lab, and the South Bay Singers Juniors. 

Please join us in this momentous occasion as we present Japanese choral works by various composers. Let's celebrate the sounds of Japan!


Due to Covid-19, this concert has been canceled for the sake of the safety of our performers and guests.  

Once the pandemic has settled down and everybody feels safe, we will reschedule this concert.  Until then, we hope everybody stays healthy and safe!  We will be looking forward to the day we can enjoy singing together and sharing our music with you. 

Handel's Messiah in Japanese​                                           

December 21, 2019 at 5:00pm

LA Japanese Oratorio Chorus


Naoko Suga, conductor

Hanna Tatsuki, orchestra director

Messiah Youth Orchestra

Fumiko Shimada, piano


Aiko Sakazaki Anglim, soprano

Keiko Suga, alto

Steve Moritsugu, tenor

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Voice Lab Fall Concert 2019                                               

September 14, 2019

Naoko Suga, conductor/pianist

Fumiko Shimada, pianist

Featuring Special Guest Artist

Mieko Hokama, soprano

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Please come enjoy an afternoon filled with a variety of choral and classical singing. 

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Beyond Borders 2019                                                         

August 24, 2019

Benefit concert for Japan.  Collaboration with the Bridge Sound from Japan/Korea.   Naoko Suga, choral director.

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Handel's Messiah in Japanese                                          

December 22, 2018

LA Oratorio Chorus

Naoko Suga, conductor

Fumiko Shimada, piano

MV Kids Orchestra


Aiko Sakazaki Anglim, soprano

Keiko Suga, alto

Nadav Hart, tenor

Benito Galindo, bass

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Beyond Borders 2018                                                         

August 25, 2018

South Bay Singers Opera Gala                                         
Handel's Messiah in Japanese                                          

December 9, 2017

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South Bay Singers Inaugural Concert                             

Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ 4:00PM

Naoko Suga presents South Bay's newest mixed voice chorus, the South Bay Singers. 

SBS will be presenting Saburo Takada's Taka"Mizu no Inochi" along with the Los Angeles Men's Glee Club and Women's Chorus Voice Lab. 


Chikudate Midori (soprano), Aiko Sakazaki Anglim (soprano), and Hana Nakamura (koto) will be joining them for an evening of Japanese art songs.  

Tickets $10

::Peninsula Community Church ::

5640 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Hanna Tatsuki Jinnouchi, viola & Naoko Suga, piano     

M3 Concert Series

Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 5:00PM

Come enjoy an evening with Hanna and Naoko as we present the music of French composers Enescu and Milhaud, Brahms, and an arrangement of our favorite church hymns. 


The concert will be presented as a part of Mission Valley FMC's M3 (M-cubed) concert series.

LA Oratorio Chorus and Handel's Messiah in Japanese  

Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 6:00PM

3/10(金)に開催される「広瀬香美25th debut anniversary winter tour 2017」ロサンゼルス公演で、広瀬香美さんのコーラスにボランティア参加してくださる方を募集します!
本番までに合計4回の合同練習を予定しており、NS Musicの菅直子先生が指導を担当されます。参加希望の方は下記メールアドレスまでご連絡お願いします。みなさまのご参加お待ちしています。広瀬香美さんと一緒に素敵な思い出を作りましょう!


広瀬香美さんコンサート 合唱団ボランティア募集
Chorus Master for Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the OCFC


1st and 3rd Fridays of the month @ 7:30pm

2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month @ 3:30pm


Location: Opus Music 2219 Torrance BlvdTorrance, CA 90501


Naoko teams up with the OCFC (Orange Coast Friendship Choir) to tackle Brahms' largest single work.  Singers in the South Bay have banded together to form a satellite choir for this project.  The work will be performed two times in late October with the Los Angeles Doctor's Symphony Orchestra from Culver City.  It's an opportunity not to be missed!


Contact Naoko for more details.   

All Schubert Concert @ Mcubed Concert Series

Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Mission Valley Free Methodist Church

1201 S. San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel 91776


Naoko Suga and Manami Sugimori join the Gaia Quartet in M3's final concert of the season.  Naoko and Manami will be performing a set of Schubert songs in this All Schubert Concert.  


Don't miss it!

Voice Lab Ingaural Recital


Sunday, October 4th, 2015 @ 2:30

Gospel Venture International Church

17811 S Western Ave Gardena, CA 90248


The Ladies of Voice Lab have been diligently working on their voices!



We are ready to present our "experiments" to the public.



Come join the Ladies of Voice Lab as we take you on an Italian adventure with some special guests from the NS Music Studio. 



Opera Kaguya-Hime ~US Premiere~


Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 @ 7:30

Aratani Theatre  


Sponsored by the Robert Crowder Foundation, Japan's H20 Chorus and cast comes to Los Angeles to join the US cast and chorus in a collaboration of epic proportions.  Come witness this momentous ocassion as the story of the Princess from the moon comes to life on the stage of the Aratani Theatre. 


Check back for On and Behind the stage snapshots from our production!


Gardena Studio Grand Opening 
~January 2015~
Private and Group Lessons  

Naoko is opening a studio in Gardena!  


Offering piano lessons, vocal coachings, and studio classes (performance opportunities)


  • Ms. Suga specializes in preparing High schoolers for college voice auditions.


  • Are you tentative about taking private lessons? Bring a friend and make it a group lesson!


Please email for details.

Featured in LA's Weekly Magazine Lalala

The article introduces Ms. Suga as a trainee in Body Mapping.


Click below to read the article

*Article is in Japanese. 






LA Daiku Concert
Sunday, January 11th @ 5:00pm
Aratani Theater, Little Tokyo

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012



Naoko will be performing Japanese Folk Songs with Japanese Baritone Hirokazu Myochin. 


The concert will feature the LA Daiku Choir, members of the Pasadena Masters Chorale as well as musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 




Messiah Concert LA Oratorio Chorus
December 20, 2014
Gardena Valley Baptist Church

1630 W. 158th St.  Gardena, CA 90247



Naoko will be conducting the LA Oratorio Chorus in a one night performance of Handel's Messiah sung in Japanese.



Aiko Sakazaki-Anglim, soprano

Keiko Suga, alto

Nadav Hart, tenor

Luvi Avendano, baritone


with the LA Oratorio Ensmble


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