MEZZO-SOPRANO MIYA HIGASHIYAMA
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Mezzo-soprano Miya Higashiyama (pronounced Mee-ya) 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.
In her first year as part of Northwestern Opera Theatre, Miya covered Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus by J. Strauss II, and performed the role of La Messagiera in L'orfeo by Monteverdi (as a remote project due to COVID-19). 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.
This past summer of 2020, Ms. Higashiyama joined the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Festival remotely due to COVID-19, where she sang the title number of Aldonza in Man of La Mancha in a masterclass with Dean Anthony, and performed as Dater #55 in the world premiere of "Zoom: Speed Dating Tonight!", a virtual opera adapted and created by Dean Anthony and Michael Ching.
This season, despite the pandemic, Miya will be participating in an opera scenes role study performance in place of a traditional opera at Northwestern, as well as competing in a wide variety of competitions.