Ryo-zo Okuda was a lyric tenor with a neat quality. He reminds Mr. Tanaka of Édmond
Clément. No wonder: he first tried to learn from Clément himself, who
turned down his request, writing back to him the fee might be too high.
Instead, Clément introduced him to another teacher, to whom Mr Okuda went.
His discography is much less operatic than Fujiwara's, including many
There is also a 3-CD release of his anthology including mainly his popular
repertory. It seems like there might have been another previous release of
his records in CD format, which Mr. Tanaka does not have.
I would like to thank Mr. K. Tanaka for the biographical information