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Biography
Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo Soprano

Mihoko Fujimura made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival in 2002 as Fricka in Der Ring des Nibelungen, returning for 9 years as Waltraute, Erda, Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) and Kundry (Parsifal).

Other engagements include performances with the opera houses of Staatsoper Wien, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Staatsoper München, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Große Festspielhaus Salzburg, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Teatro Real Madrid and Hamburgische Staatsoper. Her operatic repertoire includes Kundry, Brangäne, Venus, Fricka, Erda, Carmen, Melisánde, Amneris, Eboli, Fenena, Azucena, Idamante, Octavian and Klytaemnestra.

She has performed in concert with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Münchner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Suisse Romande Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Concert repertoire includes Verdi Requiem, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, Rückert-Lieder, des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertotenlieder, Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder and Schönberg Gurre-Lieder.

She appears regularly with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Riccard Chailly, Michael Gielen, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Daniele Gatti, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-whun Chung, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Daniel Harding and Adam Fischer.

She has recorded Brangäne with Antonio Pappano for EMI Classics, Gurre-Lieder 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 six solo recital discs with pianist Wolfram Rieger, conductor Christoph Ulrich Meier, singing works by Wagner, Mahler, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms and Schumann.

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.