Ballet & Dance

Opera in 3 Acts (Sung in Italian with Japanese Supertitles)

Libretto by : Francesco Maria Piave
Music by : Giuseppe Verdi
Artistic Director : Kiyoshi Igarashi
Production Director : Yoshinobu Kuribayashi
Conductor : Antonio Pirolli
Stage Director : Alberto Fassini
Set and Costume Designer : Alessandro Ciammarughi
Lighting Designer : Mutsumi Isono
Chorus Master : Mitsugi Oikawa
Choreographer : Marta Ferri
Stage Manager : Takahiro Sugahara
Assistant Stage Directors : Joseph Lee / Michiko Taguchi / Yasuko Sawada
Assistant Conductors
: Tetsuya Kawahara / Masahiro Joya / Jun Fujimoto
/ Masaharu Okazaki
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus / Nikikai Chorus Group
Ballet : Tokyo City Ballet
Orchestra : The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Presented by : New National Theatre, Tokyo / Nikikai Opera Foundation

February 2001

Monday 5

Wednesday 7 Friday 9 Sunday 11 Monday 12 Wednesday 14
Rigoletto Giancarlo Pasquetto X X   X   X
Masato Makino     X   X  
Gilda Victoria Loukianetz X   X X   X
Yuko Kamahora   X     X  
Il Duca di Mantova Marcelo Alvarez X   X X   X
Kosuke Taguchi   X     X  
Sparafucile Akira Hasegawa X   X   X  
Tsutomu Wakabayashi   X   X   X
Maddalena Akemi Sakamoto X   X   X  
Keiko Nishi   X   X   X
Il Conte
di Monterone
Hiroshi Kudo X   X   X  
Yuji Ogawa   X   X   X
Giovanna Asako Yoda X   X   X  
Yukimi Akiyama   X   X   X
Marullo Kenichi Matsuo X   X   X  
Takehiko Maiya   X   X   X
Borsa Mitsuhiko Ono X   X   X  
Iwao Onuki   X   X   X
Il Conte
di Ceprano
Toru Kanomata X   X   X  
Masamichi Yabunishi   X   X   X
La Contessa
di Ceprano
Mami Koshigoe X   X   X  
Yuka Hashizume   X   X   X
Paggio Chie Soutome X   X   X  
Nami Kobayashi   X   X   X

February 2001 Monday 5 Wednesday 7 Friday 9 Sunday 11 Monday 12 Wednesday 14
3:00pm       X X  
6:30pm X X X     X
Doors will open 60 minutes before the opening of the performance.
Small lectures on this opera will be presented 45 minutes before the curtain time.

Available from Saturday 28 October, 2000 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

Type Seat S Seat A Seat B Seat C Seat D Seat E
Price ¥18,900 ¥15,750 ¥12,600 ¥9,450 ¥6,300 ¥3,150
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and a part of Ticket Pia Offices.

RIGOLETTOThe second production to commemorate the Verdi year is RIGOLETTO - the more refined version will be presented in response to the favorable reception for the previous performances.
The year 2001 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) as well as the 150th anniversary of the premiere of RIGOLETTO. The New National Theatre, Tokyo is pleased to present RIGOLETTO as the second production in the Verdi series for this double landmark year. This opera allocates famous arias to each of the unique characters: the Duke Mantova, who leads a dissipated and villainous life by the power of his wealth and authority; Rigoletto, who is in public life a jester that sells his favors to the Duke and in private life lavishes his fatherly love on his daughter; and Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter, who is naive and loves her father with all her heart. Together with its closely constructed plot, this opera shall never fail to deeply move the audience. With a completely new cast of singers, you will enjoy a more refined performance of RIGOLETTO than the previous one presented in June 2000.

Mantova in northern Italy in the 16th century. The Duke Mantova, the lord of the manor, is busy philandering as he seduces Countess Ceprano at a ball. Rigoletto, his jester, helps the Duke to satisfy his desire, but Count Monterone, whose daughter was dishonorably seduced by the Duke, appears and curses Rigoletto, shouting, "You will pay dearly for your sins before long." Meanwhile, courtiers for the Duke Mantova, who suppose Gilda to be Rigoletto's kept mistress, kidnap her out of their long-cherished vengeance on Rigoletto and present her to the Duke. In a rage, Rigoletto engages Sparafucile, a professional assassin, to kill the Duke. Having learned this, Gilda immediately decides to sacrifice herself and falls victim to the assassin's dagger. Rigoletto, having received a sack containing a corpse in exchange for money, is appalled to hear the Duke singing cheerfully from a distance. He hastily opens the sack only to find the dead body of his beloved daughter.