Shigetaka Matsumoto was born in Tokyo. He interned in Italy in 1984–1985. After his return to Japan, Matsumoto became a regular collaborator of the Fujiwara Opera. In 1987, he was invited to Taiwan to work on a production of Rigoletto. In 1997, Matsumoto took part in the joint Japanese-Korean production of Rigoletto, while in 2002 he was invited to Milan to work on a production of Madama Butterfly at Giorgio Strehler’s Piccolo Teatro.
Matsumoto’s portfolio in the last decade includes such productions as Dialogues des Carmélites (2010), Tancredi (2010), and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2011) by the Fujiwara Opera. Matsumoto’s production of Il viaggio a Reims (2015) received an award from the Mitsubishi UFJ Trust & Banking Corporation’s Foundation for the Development of Arts and Culture.
Has also worked on the productions of Pagliacci, Die Zauberflöte, La traviata, Carmen, La bohème, Idomeneo, Le nozze di Figaro, Il matrimonio segreto, L'elisir d'amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Un ballo in Maschera, Falstaff, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Norma at various venues throughout Japan.
Matsumoto focuses on working with young performers. He was behind the production of Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s opera Il campiello as part of the Japan Opera Association’s programme. Matsumoto heads an opera studio and a workshop on the studies of the art of opera.
Information for February 2019