Shinobu Sato, soprano
Shinobu SATO made her debut in Europe in title role of Tosca at the Bratislava Festival on occasion of 80th anniversary of National Administration of Slovakia in 1988. Since her sensational appearance on the European stage, she has continued to sing, the title roles of Tosca and Madame Butterfly among many others. In particular, her appearance as Micaela in Carmen at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1993 was extremely well received. Likewise, her Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcast under Sir Colin Davis (1991) as well as Mozart with Symphony Orchestra of the Radio Berlin under Hans Martin-Schneit were also highly acclaimed . She was a soloist for Verdi’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Madame Butterfly with Victoria State Opera, which she performed with Jose Cura (1996). In November 1998, She sang Madame Butterfly at the Wiener Staatsoper making her title role debut at this prestigious opera house. She also has sung the same role at Oper der Stadt Koern (1999), Deutch Oper Berlin (2000) and Den Norske Opera (2002). In 2001, she sang Vier letzte Lieder with Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Eliahu Inbal (Berlin and Tokyo) and in 2002, Judith of Duke Blue beard’s Castle with Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Zoltan Kocsis in Tokyo. In the 2003 season of New National Theatre in Tokyo, she sang Giulietta of Les contes d’Hoffmann , and in the 2004, she has appeared as Lulu. Among the numerous recitals and appearance with orchestras, highlights of her recent activities were Desdemona in Otello with Sofia National Opera (Sofia and Japan, 2005) and Jr. Butterfly (Naomi, Composed by Shigeaki Saegusa, premiered both in Japan and Luca, 2006) She enjoys the utmost confidence of such conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, Eliahu Inbal, Simone Young . Thus far she has won the Japan Cultural Broadcasting Music Award, the Metropolitan Cultural Honor Award, the Giraud Grand Opera Prize, the Mademoiselle Perfume Prize among others.