The multi-faceted soprano Miwako Handa's recent interpretations of Mahler's Fourth Symphony and Ravel's Shéhérazade with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra under the baton of Eliahu Inbal were celebrated by the Japanese press and enthusiastic audiences alike. In 2009, composer Toshio Hosokawa singled her out for the central enigmatic role of Hanako in his recent opera Hanjo, which she performed in Suntory Hall (Tokyo) as well as in the MITO Festival in Milan and Turin. Miwako Handa is a frequent guest with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Kanazawa Ensemble and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. Appearing in the past seasons with conductors Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Eliahu Inbal, Tadaaki Otaka, Jun Merkl , and Gary Bertini, Handa has been able to highlight her versatility extending from the light and agile to the lyrical, eloquent and emotional with a range of repertoire including the Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn A Midsummernight's Dream, Rossini Stabat Mater, the Fauré Requiem, Beethoven Ninth Symphony, Poulenc Gloria, Mahler Symphonies 2,4, and 8, Orff Carmina Burana, Berg Lulu Suite, and Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras.

Equally at home in opera, Miwako Handa's roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nanetta (Falstaff), Musetta (La Boheme), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Euridice (Orpheé aux Enfers), Serpina (La Serva Padrona), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and Hanako (Hanjo.) In 2007 Miwako Handa sang the role of Susanna for the NHK New Year Concert live television broadcast, and appearing on the NHK's "N-Kyo Hour" she has sung Mozart C-Minor Mass and Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream with Jun Merkl.

In 1999, she was awarded both the First Prize and the Fukunaga Prize in the Fujisawa Opera Competition; she additionally received the Sizuko Kawasaki Prize presented by the Nikikai Opera Studio.

Miwako Handa's recent recording of 'Un bel di' from Madama Butterfly by Puccini was featured in the film Nodame Cantabile, and is currently being released on Epic Records. Her discography also includes Mahler's Fourth Symphony with Eliahu Inbal two versions of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra - one with Gary Bertini and the other one with Eliahu Inbal, and a Johann Strauss album with the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.




  • Pergolesi: La serva padrona Serpina
  • Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Susanna,
        Die Zauberflöte 1.Knabe
  • Verdi: Rigoletto Gilda,
        Aida Sacerdotessa,
        Falstaff Nanette
  • 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