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OperaLa Traviata

2017/2018 Season

Music by Giuseppe VERDI
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in Italian with Japanese surtitles
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Running time is approx. 2 hours 45 mins including an interval

"La traviata" is set in the world of Parisian high society. This popular opera tells the story of the courtesan, Violetta Valéry: her loves and her sad fate. It is based on the dramatic adaptation of the romantic novel, "La Dame aux Camélias" by Alexandre DUMAS fils, modeled by the author on the high-class mistress, Marie Duplessis. Giuseppe VERDI then took the story, making its heroine a contemporary woman, and writing an innovative opera in which he raised the role of the music itself to that of expressing the story's emotions. Starting with "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" ("Let's drink from the joyful cups"), which has become a well-known, staple tune of gala concerts, the work features numerous other famous songs, such as Violetta's most technically demanding aria, "Ah, fors'è lui-sempre libera" ("Ah, maybe he's the one-Always free"), in the prelude foretelling tragedy, and Germont's "Di Provenza il mar, il suol" ("The sea and soil of Provence").

The director, Vincent BOUSSARD, is a recognized authority of sophisticated staging with an unerring eye for colour. His production of "La traviata" (first staged in 2015) displays that aesthetic sensibility. At the same time, he uses effectively holds up a mirror on the world to paint an imagined landscape, taking the theme of a woman's fate in the world of men. Upon curtain fall, we are left with the vivid picture of a woman who has lived her life with unwavering pride.

The conductor, Riccardo FRIZZA, is known for having brought his charisma to Italian opera, in particular. The spotlight role of Violetta is played by Irina LUNGU, who has appeared in the role on numerous occasions in theatres worldwide and performs at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, for the first time. Alfredo is played by Antonio POLI, and Germont by Levente MOLNAR, who makes a debut appearance in this role.



Staff

Conductor Riccardo FRIZZA 1

Production and Costume Design Vincent BOUSSARD 2

Set Design Vincent LEMAIRE

Lighting Design Guido LEVI


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Cast

Violetta Valéry Irina LUNGU 3

Alfredo Germont Antonio POLI 4

Giorgio Germont Levente MOLNÁR 5

Flora Bervoix KOBAYASHI Yuka

Visconte Gastone OHARA Keiroh

Barone Douphol SUDO Shingo

Marchese D'Obigny KITAGAWA Tatsuhiko

Dottor Grenvil SHIKANO Yoshiyuki

Annina MORIYAMA Kyoko


Chorus New National Theatre Chorus

Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra


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Schedule

November 2017

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Booking Opens

Monday, 17th July 2017, 10:00 am (GMT+8:00)

Tickets

SABCD
¥27,000 ¥21,600 ¥15,120 ¥8,640 ¥5,400

Tax included

The New National Theatre,
Tokyo Box Office:

+81-(0)3-5352-9999

10:00 - 18:00

Tickets are sold via the website of PIA Corporation.

Concession Prices (students, juniors, seniors, groups)
Under 15s discounts and Z Seats (Day Tickets) are available online. Other types of discount tickets are not available online. Please inquire at the Box Office or by telephone. (+81-(0)3-5352-9999 10:00 - 18:00)

Please Note

  • No admittance to pre-school children. Each child older than this age requires a ticket for entry, even when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tickets may not be changed or refunded except in the case of a cancelled performance.
  • A special discount price is available for disabled guests. Please inquire at the Box Office for details.
  • Users of wheelchairs are requested to contact the Box Office before coming to the theatre.
  • Preferred seats may not be available on the first day of ticket sales.

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