Mezzo soprano soloist Sayaka Shigeshima signs a two-year contract with the Weimar National Theater in Germany

Mezzo soprano soloist Sayaka Shigeshima signs a two-year contract with the Weimar National Theater in Germany

Sayaka Shigeshima sang at the concert as a tribute to Professor Tetsuo Koike’s retirement on March 21 at Tedako Hall in Urasoe.


March 23, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Mezzo soprano singer Sayaka Shigeshima from Nanjo has signed a two-year contract to perform with the Weimar National Theater in Germany from September. Her first performance, in October, will be Verdi’s Falstaff in which she plays the role of Meg, who receives a love letter from the main character. Shigeshima said, “I am very happy to be performing in the theater that I have also longed to be part of. I will do my very best in this role.”

Shigeshima completed her post-graduate studies at the Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts and has studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich since 2007. She was awarded the grand prize at the Okiden Sugar Hall Competition and Debut Concert in 2010 and now sings in the choir of the Bavarian National Theater. According to Professor Tetsuo Koike, who once taught Shigeshima, it is rare for the theater to sign an exclusive contract with Japanese singer.

More than 100 mezzo soprano singers went to audition for the Weimar National Theater. Shigeshima commented, “It was the biggest audition I have ever had so I was nervous, but I did my very best. I may find it difficult in a different culture, but I will try to enjoy the experience and sing to my best.”

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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