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Hapas.

Welcome to our site! We are the HAPAS. “Hapa” is Japanese slang for “Half-Japanese” which is true for both of us. Sara Nakazawa Sannino is an Italo-Japanese soprano and clarinetist, and Mifuji Kirstin Clark is an Anglo-Japanese soprano. We’ve both studied classical music in Italy at the “Conservatorio di Musica”, after which we joined forces and started performing Italian, English, French, German, Latin and Japanese operatic and sacred compositions around Italy and now also in the UK…

 

Mifuji Kirstin Clark

Soprano
“Mimi” was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and an English father. She started taking piano and singing lessons at a very young age and after graduating from university in Tokyo, she moved to Italy to study Opera. She has performed solo at various concerts, participated in an opera group, acted in various theatres, including the “Arena di Verona”, and has sung in the Verona Cathedral choir for over 10 years.
After moving to the UK in 2014, she has sung at several concerts, both as a choir member and as a soloist (she performanced in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”). She currently sings in the St Mark’s choir in Swindon.

Sara Nakazawa Sannino

Soprano
Sara was born in Venice, in Italy, to a Japanese mother and an Italian father who are both professional musicians. She initially graduated as a Clarinet player, following which she furthered her education studying music pedagogy at the Waldorf School as well as classical singing. She currently resides in Verona, in Italy, where she works as a music teacher at the Waldorf School. Her musical education as a Soprano is currently ongoing under the supervision of the famous “Arena di Verona” Alto singer, Sonia Zaramella. Since the conception of the duo “Hapas” she has performed at various churches and Asian festivals around Italy.

Some of our performances.

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