Sayaka Shigeshima

"Sayaka Shigeshima (Hänsel) [was] an excellent part of the ensemble concerning her voice."

Sayaka Shigeshima graduated at the College of Fine Arts and Music in her home town Okinawa and started her further studies first at the Richard Strauss Conservatory Munich and then at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich with Professor Josef Loibl. She is a scholarship holder of the Yasuda Scholarship Foundation and the Richard Wagner Association Munich.

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. There, she could enlarge his repertoire with roles such as 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 'Der Rosenkavalier', there. She also was brilliant as Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in a co-production with the Theater Erfurt in November 2016, as well as in the roles of Isabella (L'Italiana in Algeri), Gräfin Geschwitz (Lulu) and Emilia (Otello). In April 2018, she sang her first Venus in 'Tannhäuser', which she was celebrated by the critics for. In the 2018/19 season, she appeared in the role of Hänsel in the new production of 'Hänsel und Gretel' in Weimar. There she can also be seen in the 2019/20 season in various roles, including Niklaus in 'Hoffmann's Erzählungen', in the world premiere of 'The Circle' as Mae and as Komponist in 'Ariadne auf Naxos'.

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