Mihoko Fujimura

Biography

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.

Please contact Mary Donald for an updated biography and for performance details

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Schedule

Shanghai Oriental Art Center, SHANGHAI

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 (27‘)
***Intermission***
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (67‘)

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Soprano: Marita Solberg: soprano
Mezzo soprano: MIHOKO FUJIMURA
Tenor: Bernard Richter
Bass: Alexander Vinogradov

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Nanjing Poly Grand Theatre, NANJING

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 (27‘)
***Intermission***
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (67‘)

Conductor: Philippe Jordan

Soprano: Marita Solberg: soprano
Mezzo soprano: MIHOKO FUJIMURA
Tenor: Bernard Richter
Bass: Alexander Vinogradov

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA

WAGNER 'Das Rheingold'

Peter Schneider: Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Director

Bryn Terfel; Wotan
Norbert Ernst: Loge
MIHOKO FUJIMURA: FRICKA
Okka von der Damerau: Erda
Jochen Schmeckenbecher: Alberich
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke: Mime

Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA

WAGNER 'Die Walküre'

Peter Scheinder: Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Director

Robert Dean Smith: Siegmund
JONGMIN PARK: HUNDING
Bryn Terfel: Wotan
Camilla Nylund: Sieglinde
Petra Lang: Brünnhilde
MIHOKO FUJIMARA: FRICKA

Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA

WAGNER 'Das Rheingold'

Peter Schneider: Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Director

Bryn Terfel; Wotan
Norbert Ernst: Loge
MIHOKO FUJIMURA: FRICKA
Okka von der Damerau: Erda
Jochen Schmeckenbecher: Alberich
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke: Mime

Wiener Staatsoper, VIENNA

WAGNER 'Die Walküre'

Peter Scheinder: Conductor
Sven-Eric Bechtolf: Director

Robert Dean Smith: Siegmund
JONGMIN PARK: HUNDING
Bryn Terfel: Wotan
Camilla Nylund: Sieglinde
Petra Lang: Brünnhilde
MIHOKO FUJIMARA: FRICKA

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Press

HOSOKAWA

Stilles Meer

Hamburg Opera, January 2016

"Mezzosopranistin Mihoko Fujimura ist eine mit klangvollem, tiefgründigen Stimmklang ausgestattete, um Claudias Seelenheil bemühte Schwägerin." Online Musik Magazine, Ursula Decker-Bönnige, 24 January 2016
"Bayreuth-erfahrene Mihoko Fujimura ist eine moderne Erda-Figur, wissend, mezzo-mütterlich, vermitteln wollend, nach vorn gewandt." Die Welt, Manuel Brug, 26 January 2016
"...die altgediente Wagner-Heroine Mihoko Fujimura überzeugt als Schwester des verstorbenen Gatten." BR Klassik, Jörn Florian Fuchs, 25 January 2016
"Hier stellt sich nun allerdings wirklich opernhafte Größe ein: ... Mihoko Fujimura als Haruko... singen bezaubernd schön." Osnabrücker Zeitung, Ralf Döring, 25 January 2016
"der dunklere Mezzo von Mihoko Fujimura fügte sich harmonisch in diesen Dialog ein." Hamburger Abendblatt, Joachim Mischke, 24 January 2016
"'Find dich ab', fordert die fulminante Mezzosopranistin Mihoko Fujimura, 'fang ein neues Leben an!'" NMZ, Verena Fischer-Zernin, 26 January 2016
"und Bayreuths bewährte Kundry Mihoko Fujimura verleiht der Schwägerin Haruko eine herbe Eindringlichkeit, wie sie nur große Mezzosoprane zu bieten haben." Kieler Nachrichten, Christian Strehk, 25 January 2016
"Mihoko Fujimura brings a necessary note of earthy humanity as Haruko, the opera’s Brangäne." Financial Times, Shirley Apthorp, 26 January 2016
"Famos fügen sich Mihoko Fujimura als mezzoweise Haruko" Opernwelt, Albrecht Thiemann, March 2016

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Elektra

Hamburg Opera, October 2015

"Mihoko Fujimura, warm und elegant singend, war eine schön melodramatische Klytämnestra" Hamburger Abendblatt, 5 October 2015

MAHLER: Symphony no. 8 / 8 August 2015

Tanglewood Festival: Koussevitzky Music Shed

"Ivory-toned mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura ... gave the ensembles a firm center and portrayed Part II’s Samaritan Woman with gentle assertion and grace." Boston Classical Review, David Wright, 9 August 2015
"Soloists poured out loud tones with gusto: mezzo-soprano Mihoku Fujimura, a short-notice substitute, has a slender body but a huge, steady tone stream. She’ll be heard here again; bet on it." The Daily Gazette, Leslie Kandell, 10 August 2015
"Similarly compelling were Mihoko Fujimura’s rich mezzo, and the floating quality of Jane Henschel’s sonorous mezzo. Both of their performances were touchingly emotional." LA Opus, Erica Miner, 10 August 2015

Wagner

Parsifal: 17 May 2015

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

"And while there was nothing remotely vampish about Mihoko Fujimura’s Kundry in the second act, her control, even beauty of tone, and musical poise proved startlingly effective alongside Wolfgang Bankl’s fiercely stentorian Klingsor."
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 18 May 2015
"Fritz and Fujimura ... came to the fore in their huge scene in Act II, both of them singing superbly. Fujimura’s powerful mezzo achieved just as much smoothness and control as Zeppenfeld, spanning the far greater emotional range demanded by her role."
David Karlin, Bachtrack, 18 May 2015

Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde

Minnesota Orchestra/Mark Wigglesworth, Orchestra Hall Minneapolis

"But its power partially comes from its gentleness, and that combination of emotional heft and a tender touch was channeled brilliantly by mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura. She sang the most profound portions of the piece, including the moving finale - Mahler's farewell to life - that makes up the last half of the work.
What she and the orchestra created together was one of the most arresting performances I've encountered in recent memory. Pure of tone and packed with power, it was hypnotic, exhilarating and, ultimately, draining."
Rob Hubbard, TwinCities.com, 9 April 2015

DVD

Claudio Abbado conducts Brahms, Schoenberg & Beethoven

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, Mihoko Fujimura

"These are superb performances, utterly gripping from beginning to end.  In the "Song of the Wood Dove", the mezzo-soprano Mihoko Fujimura sings with a rare and absorbing blend of compassion and dramatic power.  At the end of the concert, the camera picks her up in the audience after the "Eroica" Symphony, overcome with wonder and emotion.  Flowers are tossed on to the platform and there is a standing ovation.  These reactions are no less than such magnificence merits."
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Geoffrey Norris, Sunday Telegraph, 15 June 2014

Beethoven

Symphony no. 9

Philadelphia Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Verizon Hall, Philadephia

"The guest soloists were superb examples of the kind of talent Yannick attracts to Philadelphia: soprano Twyla Robinson, mezzo Mihoko Fujimura, tenor Christian Eisner, and bass-baritone Shenyang. Their pure, unstrained voices made a good match for the youthful singers of the massed choirs of Westminster Choir College."
Tom Purdom, Broadstreetview.com, 1 October 2013

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde: 27 July 2013

Royal Albert Hall, London

"Mihoko Fujimura delivered Brangäne's warning to the illicit couple from the organ loft high behind the orchestra. With her plush, effortless volume, the petite Japanese mezzo proved that a big voice doesn't demand a big body."
Jenny Beeston / WhatsOnStage / 29 July 2013
"Mihoko Fujimura made an excellent Brangäne, and was clearly one of the audience favourites of the night. Her ‘Einsam wachend’ was wistful and mellifluous, her high notes floating ethereally over the hall."
John de Wald / Opera Britannia / 28 July 2013
"a spellbinding, intense Brangäne from Mihoko Fujimura (replacing Sophie Koch), incisive in Act One and sublime in the ‘Habet Acht’ of the second Act, the long lines floating seraphically down from the organ loft"
Peter Reed / Classical Source / 28 July 2013
"The biggest audience ovation went (rightly) to Mihoko Fujimura’s Brangäne"
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 30 July 2013

Schoenberg

Gurrelieder

Wiener Konzerthaus

"Herrlich skurrile Holzbläserschärfe regierte dagegen rund um Klaus Narr (Kurt Azesberger), wagnerisch blühende Üppigkeit um die zumeist poetisch leuchtend singende, nur in der Höhe etwas angestrengte Angela Denoke (Tove), von deren Tod Mihoko Fujimura als Waldtaube halb betroffen, halb neutral kündete."
Von Walter Weidringer, Die Presse, 22 June 2013

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Recordings

Mahler

Symphony no. 2

Christiane Oelze, soprano 
Mihoko Fujimura, mezzosoprano
Fabio Luisi, conductor
MDR Sinfonieorchester

MDR

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde

Placido Domingo (Tristan)
Nina Stemme (Isolde)
Mihoko Fujimura (Brangäne) 
René Pape (König Marke)
Olaf Bär (Kurwenal)
Ian Bostridge (der Hirt)
Rolando Villazón (der junge Seemann)

Antonio Pappano, conductor
Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden
EMI Classics

Tippett

A Child of Our Time

Sir Colin Davis
Indra Thomas soprano
Mihoko Fujimura alto
Steve Davislim tenor
Matthew Rose bass
London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

LSO Live

Wagner

Tristan und Isolde

Tristan: Clifton Forbis
König Marke: Alfred Reiter
Isolde: Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet
Kurwenal: Albert Dohmen
Brangäne: Mihoko Fujimura
Melot: Philippe Duminy

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Chœur du Grand Théâtre de Genève
Direction musicale : Armin Jordan
BelAir classiques

Wagner

Die Walküre

Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Siegmund: Peter Seiffert
Hunding: Kurt Rydl
Wotan: John Tomlinson
Sieglinde: Waltraud Meier
Brünnhilde: Gabriele Schnaut
Fricka: Mihoko Fujimura
Bavarian State Orchestra


Farao Classics