Rena Fujii (Soprano)
Rena Fujii is a graduate of the Department of Vocal Music at Tokyo University of the Arts, where she won the Doseikai prize. She also completed the Art Song and Oratorio degree program at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and is currently a member of Nikikai and part-time lecturer of Kunitachi College of Music
While studying solo performance in the master’s degree program at Tokyo University of the Arts, she joined Theater Erfurt in Germany for four months as a trainee. During that time, Fujii made her opera debut, performing Sandman/Dew fairy in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and also held a solo art song concert in the same theater. The following year, she underwent additional training at the Leipzig Opera.
From 2006 to 2009, Rena Fujii appeared as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the State Theater of Košice in Slovakia. In 2007, she sang the role of Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at the Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Poland. At a summer music festival held in Łomża, Poland, she appeared as Rosina in 2008 and as Gilda in Verdi’s Riogoletto in 2009.
Fujii has also appeared in many concerts, singing with the Cappella Istropolintana chamber orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo New City Orchestra, among others.
Her many accomplishments include:1st place at the Mikulaš Schneider – Trnavský International Vocal Competition in 2004;1st place in the opera categoty and 3rd place in the song category at the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in 2006;3rd place and honoravle mentins in three categories at the Ada Sari International Vocal Artistry Competiton in 2007;the Olga Warla–Kolo Prize ath International Has Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 2009;1st place and the R.Strauss Prize at the Yuai German Lied Competition in 2012;1st place at the Cercle Deux Colonnes in 2014;2nd place and the Iwatani Award (Audience Award) at the 83rd Music Competition of Japan in 2014;and winner at the 7thShizuoka Internatinal Opera Competition in 2014.
Rena Fujii actively researches art songs and her repertoire covers many languages, including German, French, and Czech. She has studied under Machiko Sakurai, Tasuku Naono, Akihiko Mori, Eva Blahová, Regina Wener–Dietrich, Walter Moore, Susan Manoff, and Isabel Garcisanz.