Junko Watanabe, soprano, has performed widely in operas, oratorios, and recitals in the U.S. and her native Japan, and she has been featured as a soloist with the Boston Lyric Opera, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, New England Bach Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Her recent performances include recitals of Schubert songs, a chamber concert with an all-Bach program, musical theater songs at a “Cabaret Night” fundraiser concert, and various contemporary songs at the Five College New Music Festival. She enjoys teaching singers of all ages and levels, and helping them to discover their voice, develop better vocal techniques, maintain healthy singing, prepare for auditions, and express themselves through music. She holds master’s degrees in opera performance from Osaka College of Music and Longy School of Music. She was a finalist in the Oratorio Society of New York Solo Competition and winner of the NATS competition Professional Division.