Announcement of the Decision
on Mr. Thomas Novohradsky’s Inauguration as Artistic Director
We are pleased to announce that it was officially decided on July 1
that Mr. Thomas Novohradsky, Artistic Consultant (Opera) of the New
National Theatre, Tokyo, will take office as Artistic Director (Opera)
of the NNTT this autumn. At the first 2003 session of the Board
of Directors held on June 19, the official decision on his inauguration
had been carried over to the next session. The opinion of each
director was subsequently confirmed in writing again, and as a result
approval was obtained from a majority of directors. His term of
office as Artistic Director will be from October 1, 2003 to June 30,
2006, and his responsibilities will include selecting programs, as well
as the casts and production staff for each program, for the NNTT’s
opera performances in the forthcoming three seasons, including the 2003/2004
season for which the program lineup has already been announced.
We are also pleased to announce that with his inauguration
as Artistic Director, it has been decided to hold a discussion forum
between the NNTT and Japanese opera companies in order to maintain favorable
and harmonious relations between the two.
Mr. Thomas Novohradsky graduated from The University of Music and Dramatic
arts in Vienna in 1980. In the same year, he made his debut as
Assistant stage director at the Theatre, St.Gallen in Switzerland.
After becoming Assistant stage director at the Wiener Staatsoper in
1982, he worked as Assistant stage director at the Teatro alla Scala,
as well as the Salzburg Festival, Bregenz Festival and other musical
events. From 1993, he worked as Production manager at the Wiener
Staatsoper. He served as Production manager for the Wiener Staatsoper’s
1994 Japan tour. At the NNTT, he was Researcher from 1999, and
on June 1, 2001, he became Artistic Consultant, the post he has held
to the present day.