Akiko Ito was born in Gifu/Japan and studied singing at the Art- and Music School of Aichi with Prof. Klaus Ocker and Prof. Kumiko Oshita. With a scholarship, she continued her studies at the Cologne University of Music in Aachen with Prof. Susanne Klare, and finished with a concert exam. In 2006 she was awarded a prize at the International singing competition in Nagakute/Japan.
Her repertoire is spread from the Gräfin Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) to scenic first performances, as for example Honneger’s Le Roi David in Istanbul. Her repertoire includes Emma (Fierrabras), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Micaela (Carmen), Monica (Menotti: Das Medium), Antigone (Sacchini: Ödipus auf Kolonos) and Die Frau (R. Whilds: Islands).
In the theatres of Aachen and Hagen, Akiko Ito could be heard as Pamina/Pappagena (Die Zauberflöte), Mimì (La Bohème), Anna (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Euridice/La speranza (Orfeo), Atalanta (Xerxes) and Arsinoe (Die toten Augen).
Akiko Ito is a regular guest at the Richard Wagner Festival Wels/Austria and in 2008 and 2013, she was Erstes Blumenmädchen/ Erster Knappe (Parsifal) under the direction of Ralf Weikert. 2007, she gave guest performances in Japan, where she embodied Lisa in Lehár’a Das Land des Lächelns. This collaboration in Japan continued in 2009 with Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. 2013 she was heard as Erstes Blumenmädchen/Erstes Knappe at the Opera Leipzig under the baton of M° Ulf Schirmer.
In master classes with Christa Ludwig, Tom Krause, Michelle Breedt, Helmut Deutsch, Nedda Kasei, Josef Protschka (Richard Strauss-Tage in Garmisch-Patenkirchen) and Kristzina Laki, Akiko Ito brought her knowledge to perfection. Apart from opera, Akiko Ito performs regularly in concerts.