RIE HAMADA (soprano)
Rie Hamada studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with Hiroko Nakamura, graduating in 1987. She obtained a master's degree from the same university in 1990, after which she entered the Paris Conservatoire. She made her operatic debut in 1991 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in Paul Dukas's Ariane et Barbebleue conducted by Eliahu Inbal. She was also awarded first prize that year in an international singing competition sponsored by UFAM.
In 1992 she was awarded first prize in the opera category at the 19th Paris International Singing Competition. She was subsequently acclaimed for her outstanding performance in the role of Mary in a performance of Honneger's oratorio Jeanne a'Arc an bucher conducted by Myung-Whun Chung at the Opera du Bastille. In 1993 she took part in a European tour given by Ensemble Intercontemporain under Pierre Boulez. She has since made frequent appearances at opera houses in France and elsewhere. In 1997 she took part in the world premiere of Philippe Manoury's opera 60e Parallele. She also appeared in Japan in a performance of Jeanne d Arc au bucher given by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under their conductor Charles Dutoit. She was awarded the Idemitsu Music Prize in 1997.