of the next Artistic Director
for the Opera Division
| The New National Theatre Foundation
is pleased to announce that at a meeting held on June 15, 2005, the
Board of Directors appointed Mr. Wakasugi Hiroshi to
become Artistic Consultant on July 1, 2005, which will be followed
by him assuming the post of Artistic Director for the Opera Division
for the next term.
Mr. Wakasugi will serve as Artistic Consultant from July 1, 2005 to
August 31, 2007 (two years and two months) and as Artistic Director
from September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2010 (three years).
<Profile of Wakasugi
|Mr. Wakasugi Hiroshi was born on May 31,
1935. He graduated from the Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music with a bachelor’s degree in conducting.
After working for the Darmstadt Opera and the Dortmund
Opera, he became General Music Director of the German
Opera on the Rhine (which has opera houses in Duisburg
and Düsseldorf). Later, he became permanent conductor
at the Dresden State Opera and conductor of the Bavarian
State Opera. Currently he is the permanent conductor at
the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director for the
Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga (Biwako Hall), and
Artistic Director for the Tokyo Chamber Opera. Mr. Wakasugi
is also professor emeritus at the Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music and a member of the Japan Art Academy.