"Sayaka Shigeshima (Hänsel) [was] an excellent part of the ensemble concerning her voice." (Thüringer Allgemeine)
Sayaka Shigeshima graduated at the College of Fine Arts and Music in Okinawa and started her further studies in 2007, first at the Richard Strauss Conservatory Munich and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich with Professor Josef Loibl. She is scholarship holder of the Yasuda Scholarship Foundation and the Richard Wagner Verband München.
In 2009, she sang Bradamante (Orlando Furioso) in a production of Christof Nels at the Prinzregententheater in Munich and in 2010 she was Cenerentola in a production together with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Since season 2012/13, Sayaka Shigeshima is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.
Her repertoire also include Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff), 3. Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Dalila (Samson et Dalila) Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Flora (La Traviata), Prinz Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Charlotte (Werther) and Ronja (Die Schneekönigin). In autumn 2015, Sayaka Shigeshima made her highly acclaimed debut as Octavian in the revival of Der Rosenkavalier at the Deutches Nationaltheater Weimar. She also was brilliant as Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in a co-production with the Theater Erfurt at the Nationaltheater Weimar in November this year. In the current season, she can be seen as Prinz Orlovskyand 3. Dame as well as Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri), Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu) and Emilia (Otello).
Her concert repertoire ranges from Passion of J.S. Bach, over the Oratorios of G.F. Handel and L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 to several works of R. Wagner and G. Mahler.