Sara Kobayashi, soprano

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Sara Kobayashi made her debut in 2006 in the role of Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne (conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue).
Since then she has appeared in numerous opera roles including the Geisha in Iris (2008), Liù in Turandot (2009), and Adele in Die Fledermaus (2014) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s “Theatre Opera Series”; Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel at Nissay Theatre (2009 and 2013); and Adele in Die Fledermaus (conducted by Yutaka Sado) at Hyogo Performing Arts Center (2011). She has participated in the premieres of many new operas, performing in the roles of the Madwoman in Sumidagawa by Akira Senju and Takashi Matsumoto, Aiko in Kamikaze by Shigeaki Saegusa (conducted by Naoto Otomo), and Murasaki in The Tale of Genji by Reiko Ninomiya and Nozomu Hayashi.
Kobayashi is also expanding her international career. In 2012, she made her European debut as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Sofia National Opera, and appeared at the same theatre as Adina in a premiere production of L’elisir d’amore. She performed as soprano soloist in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Musikverein in Vienna. She also won 2nd Prize at the Oscar Straus Operetta Competition.
In 2013, Kobayashi performed in the NHK New Year Opera Concert. In March 2014, she released her debut CD album on Nippon Columbia. In the New National Theatre’s 2014-15 season opening performance, she sang the role of Flower Maiden in a new production of Parsifal.
In 2015, on a tour of Japan from May to October, she gave outstanding performances as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro produced by Hideki Noda and conducted by Michiyoshi Inoue, and served as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno in July.

(April 2016)

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