"Sayaka Shigeshima (Hänsel) [was] an excellent part of the ensemble concerning her voice." (Thüringer Allgemeine)
Sayaka Shigeshima completed her vocal studies at the College of Fine Arts and Music in Okinawa in 2005. In September 2007 she started with further studies, first at the Richard Strauss Conservatory Munich and from 2008 on at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Munich with Professor Josef Loibl.
The repertory of the young Mezzo-Soprano includes Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Dalila (Samson et Dalila). In 2009, she sang Bradamante (Orlando Furioso) and in the same year she was Cenerentola in a production of the Munich Rundfunkorchester. Her concert repertoire includes the Passions of J.S. Bach, the Oratorios of Haendel, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 as well as the Orchestra Lieder of Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler.
Since the 2012/13 season, Sayaka Shigeshima is a member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, where she can be heard amongst others as Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff), Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel). Furthermore she was a guest at the Theater Lübeck for Suzuki. In season 2015/16 her roles in Weimar include Olga (Eugen Onegin), Flora (La Traviata), Prinz Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Charlotte (Werther) adn 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.