Miwako Handa graduated from Toho Gakuen College and completed the graduate course of the same college. She won the highest prize and the Sizuko Kawasaki Prize when she completed a course at Nikikai Opera Studio. She also won the First Prize and the Fukunaga Prize at the Fujisawa Opera Competition. Handa made her opera debut performing Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Nikikai. She received high praise for roles including Donna Rosita in Il Linguaggio Dei Fiori and Nanetta in Falstaff at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, and Lidoine in Dialogue des Carmélites. She also performed the difficult role of Hanako in Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Hanjo (from the original drama written by Yukio Mishima, English translation by Donald Keene) in the opera’s Japan premiere. Her interpretation was lauded by the composer as the closest to his image of Hanako. Following three successful performances in Tokyo, she was invited to the MITO Festival Italy to perform the same role in Turin and Milan, and was highly praised.

In 2012 Handa also performed in the new production of the opera with Seinen-dan directed by Oriza Hirata, receiving high critical accliam once again. In the same year, she released her first album, Khôra-Niemandslied, which was chosen by music magazines as “most recommended CD.” As a concert soloist she was selected to perform in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony conducted by Gary Bertini. She went on to perform in numerous concerts with renowned conductors inside and outside Japan, including Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand (Bertini/Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony), Mozart’s Mass in C minor (Blomstedt/NHK Symphony), Mozart’s Requiem (Honeck/Yomiuri Nippon Symphony), and again in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night's Dream (Märkl/NHK Symphony). Handa also appeared in Symphony of a Thousand in the regular concert of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra announcing the inauguration of Eliahu Inbal as principal conductor. She again appeared in regular concerts of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony conducted by Inbal in 2009, in performances of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. In 2014, Handa performed in New York with the New York-based orchestra group Perspectives Ensemble on their invitation, receiving high praise.

Handa has carried out multi-faceted activities including music production for the film Nodame Cantabile and for Gekidan Shinkansen theatre company, as well as collaboration in Rakugo and Songs. In 2014, she took part as a vocalist in Return to the Inner Voice, an album by leading Japanese progressive band KENSO, and appeared in the band’s 40th anniversary live show at Club Citta’. (April 2016)



  • Pergolesi: La serva padrona Serpina
  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Susanna,
        Die Zauberflöte 1.Knabe
  • Verdi: Rigoletto Gilda,
        Aida Sacerdotessa,
        Falstaff Nannetta
  • Offenbach: Orpheé aux Enfers Euridice
  • J.Strauss: Die Fledermaus Adele
  • Bizet: Carmen Micaela
  • Puccini: La Bohème Musetta
  • Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Gretel
  • Lehár: Die lustige Witwe Hanna
  • Korngold: Die tote Stadt Juliette
  • Poulenc: Dialogues des carmélites Madame Lidoine
  • Rossellini: Il Linguaggio Dei Fiori Donna Rosita
  • Menotti: Telephone Lucy
  • Maderna: Satyricon Scintilla
  • Tagagi: Shunkoh Hyandan
  • Hattori: Momotarou Kazenosei
  • Dan: Yuzuru Tsu
  • Matsui: Naita Akaoni Kikorinomusume
  • Hosokawa: Vision of Lear Legan
          Hanjo Hanako
  •       Matsukaze Matsukaze


  • Händel: Messiah
  • Bach: Missa in B BWV.232
       Magnificat BWV.243

        Matthew Passion BWV.244
  • Haydn: Die Jahrszeiten
        Missa in tempore belli
        Die Schöpfung
  • Mozart: Missa KV65
        Regina coeli K.108
        Missa solemnis KV139
        Motetto KV165
        Missa KV192
        Missa K317
        Vesperae KV339
        Missa K427
        Requiem
  • Schubert: Missa in G D167
  • Beethoven: Missa in C op.86
          Missa solemnis op.123
          Symphony No.9
  • Rossini: Stabat Mater
  • Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum
           Symphony No.2
           Hymn of Praise Psalm115
           Oratorio Elias
  • Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
  • Dvořák: Missa op.86,Stabat Mater
  • Grieg: Peer Gynt
  • Gounod:Missa solemnis
  • Fauré: Requiem
  • Mahler: Symphonies2,4,8
  • Nielsen: Symphony No.3 op.27
  • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5 A pastoral
              Symphony No.7 Sinfonia antarctica
              Dona nobis pacem
  • Ravel: Shéhérazade
    Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella
  • Berg: Lulu Suite
  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras
  • Orff: Carmina Burana
  • Poulenc: Gloria
  • Duruflé: Requiem
  • Barber: Knoxville Summer of 1915
  • A. Ginastera: Cantos del Tucumán
  • G.Crumb: Madrigals, Book III
  • R.M.Schafer: Theseus
  • Rutter: Requiem
  • Webber: Requiem
  • Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre
  • Karl Jenkins: The Armed man: A mass for peace
  • Kasparov: Requiem
  • Aralla: FOR V.W.(terzo quaderno)
  • Boulez: Le marteau sans maître
  • Suzuki: Hirafuyuhkara
  • Yasuraoka: Discantus
  • Hosokawa: Sternlose Nacht
          Three Love Songs for soprano and saxophone
          Two Japanese Folk Songs for soprano and guitar
          Tree Japanese Folk Song for soprano and harp
  • Kohjiba: The Transmigration of the Soul
  • Gondai: A
  • Shoichi Yabuta: Fujin Raijin