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John Ken Nuzzo is an American of origin in Japan voice actor in inactivity and a tenor singer from Tokyo, Japan. He voiced Cornell in his appearance in Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness.

Another notable job in his voice acting career was performing as Xion in Bloody Roar 3 and in the Japanese version of Bloody Roar: Primal Fury/Extreme.

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Born to a Japanese mother and an American father. He moved to the United States and made his debut in Bach's B minor Mass with the Master Chorale of Orange County, which was highly acclaimed in Los Angeles Times. He performed with Tony Bennett and Shirley Jones as a member of the Californians.

In 1997, he won first prize in Japan Vocal Competition. Nuzzo was the winner of the Japan round of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition Wien in 1998. He signed a first contract and debuted with the Vienna State Opera in 2000. He was highly acclaimed by Beuhne Wien for the role of Novice in Britten's Billy Budd the same year. In 2001, he was awarded the Eberhard Waechter Medal, given annually to the two most promising new artists among the Austrian opera houses. His performance in Vienna was introduced by the Japanese TV documentary program, Jōnetsu Tairiku.

In 2002, he made his Salzburg Festival debut as Syphax in Zemlinsky's King Kandaules under the baton of Kent Nagano. He was invited to sing in NHK's Red and White Concert, Japan's longest-running New Year's Eve Concert on TV, which spread his fame in Japan overnight. He sang the tenor solo in Berlioz Requiem with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Dutoit. The following year, he was awarded the Idemitsu Music Award in Japan. He debuted with the Metropolitan Opera under the baton of James Levine, and with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in the concert version of Fidelio, under the baton of James Levine.

In 2004, he sang the theme song of NHK’s historical drama series Shinsengumi. He made his second appearance on NHK’s Red and White Concert.

In 2006, he joined TO LIVE 2006 Children Fighting Cancer Charity Concert, performing with Milva. The following year, he sang Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci at the Metropolitan Opera. He made his Pittsburg Opera debut as Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore.

In 2008, he played Rossillon in Lehar (The Merry Widow) produced by Yutaka Sado.

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