Mezzo-soprano Miya Higashiyama  is currently attending the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University ('21) where she is receiving her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Theresa Brancaccio. She recently graduated Pacific Lutheran University  ('17) with an undergraduate degree of a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance where she studied with James Brown. She was a recipient of the Agnes Berge Smith Music Scholarship and also served as a student representative on the SOAC (School of Arts and Communication) board.  

This year at Northwestern Opera Theatre Miya will be covering Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss II, and performing the role of Silvia/La Messaggera in L'orfeo by Monteverdi. In past performance seasons, Miya sang the alto soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Third Spirit in The Magic Flute and chorus in Lucia di Lammermoor at Vashon Opera. She was also a finalist in the NATSAA Regional Singing Competition in October of 2017 and participated in the Northwest district of the MONC (Metropolitan Opera National Council) competition fall of 2018.

In Pacific Lutheran University Opera Productions, she was seen as Zita in Gianni Schicchi,  Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Public Opinion in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Ruggiero in Handel's Alcina, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hermia (u/s) in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

Ms. Higashiyama has been featured as a soloist in the northern hempishere premiere of Sven-David Sandström's St. Matthaüs Passion in addition to Handel's Messiah, Robert Kyr's A Christmas Oratorio, and Jac Redford's A Christmas Invitation. She has also soloed at the Pantages Theatre alongside the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as a song leader for Carnegie Hall's "LinkUP" Program under the direction of Sarah Ioannides in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. 

She has also had the pleasure of participating in master classes with Joyce DiDonato, Stephanie Blythe, Gil Kalish, Thomas Cooley and Brian Luedloff. 



Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
From the opera Werther by Massenet
Qui Sedes
From Gloria by Vivaldi
Chacun a son gout
From Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss II
If I Loved You 
From Carousel by Rogers and Hammerstein

2019-2020 Season


Miya will be covering the role of Prince Orlovsky in Northwestern Opera Theatre's production of Die Fledermaus in Cahn Auditorium. Tickets to see the show can be purchased here.

February 27-29 and March 1st, 2020

Die Fledermaus
Orlovsky (cover)


Miya will be singing the role of La Messaggera in Northwestern Opera Theatre's production of L'Orfeo by Monterverdi in Cahn Auditorium. 

May 21st-24th, 2020


La messaggera/Silvia 




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