Miki Yamashita is delighted to be singing with 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 theaters. 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, she 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 for Stanford University's 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.