The stylish scent of Vienna wafts through the air in this gala operetta
"Merry Merry Widow" Festival Version
At this year's National Arts Festival ceremony, the New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT), will present a rather merry work entitled "Merry Merry Widow" Festival Version, which is based on the operetta The Merry Widow.
Operettas, also known as light opera, were popular in late 19th-century Vienna and combine the most appealing elements of opera and theatre. An operetta promises the audience something different than they find in an opera: there is always a happy ending. The operettas invitation to laugh at our pent-up feelings despite the many problems in the world has found a sympathetic and appreciative audience ever since that time.
NNTT is offering this performance in the hope that together with the audience we will be able to drive away the dark clouds and find a way to merrily overcome these difficult times.
The performance will feature Nakajima Akiko, who spent many years at Volksoper Wien, as well as a number of distinguished young singers who are alumni of the NNT Opera Studio training program and who are today drawing attention for their performances both at NNTT and at other companies. These artists are working together with conductor Genda Shigeo to create a production that is replete with style and wit.
NNTT hopes that you will enjoy what promises to be a stylish and entertaining performance befitting the opening celebration of the National Arts Festival.