Mihoko Fujimura was born in Japan and studied at both Tokyo University and the Münchener Hochschule für Musik. She won numerous international singing competitions before joining the ensemble of Oper Graz from 1995 to 2000, where she sang many of her signature roles for the first time.
She came to international attention in her performances at the 2002 Munich Opera Festival and the Bayreuther Festspiele and has since become a regular guest at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayreuther Festspiele, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In concert she appears with the world’s leading orchestras and is a regular guest artist in Japan.
She has appeared at the Bayreuther Festspiele in nine consecutive seasons, singing Kundry, Brangäne, Fricka, Waltraute and Erda.
Miss Fujimura's operatic repertoire includes Kundry, Brangäne, Venus, Fricka, Idamantes, Octavian, Carmen, Eboli, Azucena and Amneris. Her concert repertoire includes Verdi Requiem, Wagner Wesendonck Lieder and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, Rückert Lieder, Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Symphonies No. 2, 3 and 8. She appears regularly with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur and Peter Schneider and in recital with Christoph Ulrich Meier.
She has recorded Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) with Antonio Pappano for EMI Classics, Gurrelieder with the BRSO and Mariss Jansons, Mahler Symphony No. 3 with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Jonathan Nott, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker. For Fontec she has released two solo recital discs with pianist Wofram Rieger, singing works by Wagner, Mahler, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Schumann.
In concert she has appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Semyon Bychkov, the London Symphony Orchestra with both Daniel Harding and the late Sir Colin Davis, the Orchestre de Paris with Christoph Eschenbach, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, the Montreal Symphony with Kent Nagano, the Accademia Santa Cecilia with Yuri Termikanov and Kurt Masur, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra with Myung-Whun Chung, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, both the Bayerische Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Wiener Philharmoniker with Christian Thielemann, and the Berliner Philharmoniker with Bernard Haitink and Sir Simon Rattle.
In 2014 she was awarded the Purple Ribbon Medal of Honour by the Japanese Government for her contribution to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.
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