Miki Yamashita is delighted to be singing with the LA Opera. A second-generation Japanese American, Miki studied classical voice at New England Conservatory of Music, drama at Yale University, and holds a B.A. in English from Mount Holyoke College. The Massachusetts native worked steadily in musicals, frequently playing Tuptim in "The King and I" and Maria in "West Side Story" at respected regional theatres; after playing Connie in the national tour of "A Chorus Line," Miki soon transitioned to guest-starring roles on television, including "Law & Order," "As the World Turns," and "One Life to Live." A seasoned improvisational and sketch comedy performer, Miki worked full-time at the Walt Disney World Resort as a comedienne and contributing writer, and starred in a half-hour pilot for the Oxygen network. As the writer and performer of her one-woman show, "The Geisha Next Door," Miki has performed at colleges around the country including Stanford University, for their Asian American Studies program. She can be seen next in a national McDonald's sweet tea commercial, coming soon to your living room or den or wherever you keep your television.