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Opera20th Anniversary Special ProductionFidelio

20th Anniversary

2017/2018 Season

NEW PRODUCTION

Music by Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
Opera in 2 Acts
Sung in German with Japanese surtitles
OPERA HOUSE

20 May. - 2 Jun., 2018

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Special Performance
in Celebration of 20 years


Running time is approx. 2 hours 45 mins including intervals

Celebrating the New National Theatre Tokyo's twentieth year is a new production of "Fidelio", the sole opera of the illustrious Ludwig van BEETHOVEN. We welcome the young director Katarina WAGNER, great-granddaughter of Richard WAGNER, who has attracted much attention as current Director of the Bayreuth Festival.

The opera "Fidelio" is the sublimation of BEETHOVEN's idealistic spirit. With its theme of liberation for the sake of justice, love and freedom, and its finale evoking overwhelming emotions, "Fidelio" shares with "Aida" the status of a celebratory work staged the world over for special occasions such as the opening of a new performance venue. "Fidelio" was staged for the re-opening performance at the rebuilt Vienna State Opera after the Second World War in November 1955, the month after the end of Allied occupation.

For the nine years following the opera's publication in 1805, BEETHOVEN made repeated amendments to the score. The Overture, which was also rewritten, and the "O Welche Lust" ("Prisoners' Chorus"), are famous pieces often performed by themselves. Highlights include the Canon Quartet and Leonore's "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?" ("Scum! Where are you off to so fast?") in Act 1, and Florestan's despairing aria, "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" ("God! What darkness here") in Act 2. The orderly, classical tonal quality of the work is replete with dramatic force, and brings catharsis with its final soaring chorus.

IIMORI Taijiro, with his profound knowledge of German music, conducts the orchestra. Two of the world's top opera singers, Stephen GOULD and Ricarda MERBETH appear as Florestan and Leonore, and one of the greatest dramatic bass baritones of his generation, Michael KUPFER-RADECKY plays the role of Don Pizarro.


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Staff

Conductor IIMORI Taijiro 1

Production Katharina WAGNER 2

Dramaturg Daniel WEBER

Set Design Marc LÖHRER

Costume Design Thomas KAISER

Lighting Design Christian KEMMETMÜLLER


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Don Fernando KURODA Hiroshi 3

Don Pizarro Michael KUPFER-RADECKY 4

Florestan Stephen GOULD 5

Leonore Ricarda MERBETH 6

Rocco TSUMAYA Hidekazu 7

Marzelline ISHIBASHI Emi 8

Jaquino SUZUKI Jun 9

Erster Gefangener KATAYOSE Junya 10

Zweiter Gefangener ONUMA Toru 11


Chorus New National Theatre Chorus

Orchestra Tokyo Symphony Orchestra


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June 2018

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Booking Opens

Saturday, 27th January 2018, 10:00 am (GMT+9:00)

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)

Booking Z seats (Day Tickets) 1,620 yen
Z seats are available online from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the day of the performance. One ticket per person.

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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