Verdi's masterpiece Otello will kick off Wakasugi Hiroshi's final season as Artistic Director (Opera). Wielding the baton will be the gifted young conductor Riccardo Frizza. Frizza demonstrated his talents in the NNTT productions of Aida (10th Anniversary Special Performance) and Macbeth. Directing will be Mario Martone, who has earned quite a reputation for his work in film and stage productions in Europe. Anticipation is high as we look forward to Martone's conception of Otello at the NNTT. The cast is loaded with singers who have performed to acclaim at the NNTT.