Eiji Miura joined the Conservatory in 2018 as an instructor of voice and is the managing director of the Boston Conservatory Opera Intensive at Valencia.
Miura is an active and sought-after Boston-based singer and educator. He is a graduate of the Conservatory’s vocal pedagogy program and has served on the voice faculties of NEC Prep, Clark University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Miura’s background in linguistics has led him to developing a unique pedagogy that is pluralistic in its approach. His current interest in this field involves examining how a singer’s native language may predispose them to certain challenges or advantages in learning to achieve a balanced and free classical technique. Using this information, he creates an informed technical blueprint for addressing vocal faults, specifically focusing on recognizing the potential psychoacoustics of language and culture, as well as language-related articulatory entanglements.
As a performer, Miura has established himself as a versatile artist. He has performed with ensembles such as Odyssey Opera and Boston Modern Orchestra Project, held residency at cathedrals throughout England, and performed 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. A strong proponent of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Miura’s participation in the performance of Madama Butterfly led him to investigate issues surrounding culturally appropriative themes and practices in the tradition of Western classical music. Subsequently, he has participated in a panel discussion for OPERA America where he offered strategies for tackling shows with problematic source material.
In addition to his M.M. in vocal pedagogy, Miura holds an M.Sc. in communications and a double B.A. in Asian studies and vocal performance from Clark University.