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Opera20th Anniversary ProductionTosca

20th Anniversary

2017/2018 Season

Music by Giacomo PUCCINI
Opera in 2 Acts
Sung in Italian with Japanese surtitles
OPERA HOUSE

1 Jul. - 15 Jul., 2018

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Running time is approx. 2 hours 55 mins including intervals

To close our 20th anniversary season, Italian director Antonello MADAU-DIAZ's highly popular production of Puccini's Tosca returns to the New National Theatre, Tokyo. His visually spectacular staging, especially in the "Te Deum" scene in Act I, vividly evokes the atmosphere of turn of the nineteenth century Rome where the tragedy of the doomed lovers Tosca and Cavaradossi takes place.
The opera is full of vocal highlights including Cavaradossi's ardent romanza "Recondita armonia", Tosca's heart-felt prayer "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore" and Cavaradossi's farewell song, "E lucevan le stelle", and Puccini's music maintains the dramatic tension right to the climactic final scene.

In her house debut, acclaimed soprano Catherine NAGLESTAD sings Tosca, a role she has performed in many of the world's leading opera houses including Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Opera Covent Garden and Opera de Paris. Spanish tenor Jorge de LEÓN returns to reprise the role of Cavaradossi for which he won highly praise in 2015. The villain Scarpia is played by charismatic Italian baritone Claudio SGURA, who has made this role his specialty. Leading the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra is the fast-rising conductor Lorenzo VIOTTI.
In this production of Tosca, the Chorus of the New National Theatre, Tokyo is joined by the Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble based in Otsu City, Shiga. Furthermore, following the performances in Tokyo, the production will transfer to the Biwako Hall on July 21 (Sat) and July 22 (Sun).


Synopsis

The setting is Rome, June 1800 - a period of power struggle between Republicans and Royalists. Republican Angelotti escapes prison and seeks help from his friend, the painter Cavaradossi who is painting in the church. Soon after, his lover and celebrated singer Tosca arrives. She is jealous of the woman represented in his painting, but they promise to meet later and she leaves. While Cavaradossi takes Angelotti to his villa, the police chief Scarpia arrives at the church in search for the fugitive. He tricks Tosca into leading the police to Cavaradossi and Angelotti.
Cavaradossi is captured and brought in to Scarpia. Tosca is also summoned to his study and when she hears Cavaradossi being tortured in the next room, she reveals Angelotti's hiding place. Tosca pleads for Cavaradossi and Scarpia agrees to release him if she would give herself to him. She reluctantly submits, but as he finishes writing her a safe-conduct pass, she stabs him to death.

At dawn the next morning, as Cavaradossi awaits execution at the Castel Sant'Angelo, Tosca appears and explains the mock execution and tells him how she killed Scarpia. When the squad fires, Cavaradossi falls. Tosca rushes to him but discovers that Scarpia had betrayed her, and before she is arrested for his murder, she leaps from the battlements.



Staff

Conductor Lorenzo VIOTTI 別ウィンドウで開きます 1

Production Antonello MADAU-DIAZ 2

Set Design KAWAGUCHI Naoji

Costume Design Pier Luciano CAVALLOTTI

Lighting Design OKUHATA Yasuo


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2

Cast

Tosca Catherine NAGLESTAD 別ウィンドウで開きます 3

Cavaradossi Jorge de LEÓN 別ウィンドウで開きます 4

Scarpia Claudio SGURA 別ウィンドウで開きます 5

Angelotti KUBOTA Masumi 6

Spoletta IMAO Shigeru 7

Sciarrone OTSUKA Hiroaki 8

Il Sagrestano SHIMURA Fumihiko 9


Chorus
New National Theatre Chorus
BIWAKO HALL Vocal Ensemble

Orchestra Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra


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Schedule

July 2018

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

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14:00

2

3

4

19:00

5

6

7

8

14:00

9

10

11

12

14:00

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14

15

14:00

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Booking Opens

Sunday, 4th March 2018, 10:00 am (GMT+9:00)

Tickets

SABCD
¥23,760 ¥19,440 ¥12,960 ¥7,560 ¥4,320

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.


Buy Z seats (Day Tickets) online
from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the day of the performance.

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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