Aine joined the young artist program at Opera Pomme Rouge for the 2015-2016 season singing Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She will be performing in a repeat performance of the production at the Kennedy Center in Spring 2016. She will also be portraying Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Theatre of Montclair in February 2016.
Her 2014-2015 season included singing Susanna in Le nozze di Figarowith New York Lyric Opera, Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, Nannetta in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lucy in The Telephone, and Marie in La fille du régiment with Opera Company of Brooklyn. Ms. Hakamatsuka was the soprano soloist in Faure’s Requiem in Japan.
Other notable operatic roles include Sandman and Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Lucia in The Rape of Lucretia, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. In concert, she has performed as soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Cantata No. 51.
Winner of the 2013 Yokohama International Music Competition, Aine received her Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor’s of Music from Kansas Wesleyan University. She is a native of Japan, currently residing in New York.
As a native of Japan, Aine started piano at the age of 3 and trumpet at the age of 10. She started to take voice lessons when she was 14. She has been teaching piano and voice privately since 2008 to wide range of students starting from 5 years old to adult in all levels.