Ballet & Dance

The New National Theatre Tokyo The Pit Opera #6
Carl Orff : Die Kluge
Opera in 1 Act (Music sung in German with Japanese dialogue and supertitles)

Conductor : Tokito Yasufumi
Production : Ito Akiko
Artistic Director
: Igarashi Kiyoshi
Libretto and Composed by : Carl Orff
Set Designer : Osawa Sachiko
Costume Designer : Maeda Ayako
Lighting Designer : Naruse Kazuhiro
Choreographer : Ito Tae
Stage Manager : Murata Kensuke
Orchestra : New National Theatre The Pit Opera Ensemble

February 2002 Thu.7 Fri.8 Sat.9 Sun.10
The King Maiya Takehiko X   X  
Kojima Kiyoshi   X   X
The Peasant Uno Tetsuya X   X  
Tsutsui Shuhei   X   X
The Peasant's daughter Yamamoto Miki X   X  
Fujita Minako   X   X
The Jailer Odagawa Tetsuya X   X  
Miyamoto Toshikazu   X   X
The Man with the Donkey Takano Jiro X   X  
Mochizuki Tetsuya   X   X
The Man with the Mule Narita Hiroyuki X   X  
Tsuchiya Kojiro   X   X
First Vagabond Yukawa Akira X   X  
Takahashi Jun   X   X
Second Vagabond Sasakura Naoya X   X  
Shinkoda Takeshi   X   X
Third Vagabond Kuroki Jun X   X  
Shinoki Junichi   X   X

February 2002 Thursday 7 Friday 8 Saturday 9 Sunday10
3:00pm     X X
7:00pm X X    

Available from Sunday 23 December, 2001 at 10:00 am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Website.(Japanese only)

All Seats Reserved: ¥4,200
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and exclusive Ticket Pia Offices.

The sixth in the opera series at the Pit is the stylish Die Kluge (The Wise Woman) by Carl Orff (1895-1982), the German composer famed for his scenic cantata Carmina Burana (Songs of Beuren). In Die Kluge, which takes its subject from Grimm's Fairy Tales, a comical story of a peasant's daughter (the wise woman) winning the king's favor, is lively told with vibrant music unique to Orff.

A peasant digs up a mortar of pure gold and decides to present it to the king, but his daughter advises him not to do so because the king will demand a pestle as well. As expected, the peasant is thrown into prison rather than receiving a reward because the mortar is not accompanied by a pestle. Hearing rumors about the daughter, the king orders that she be summoned and puts three riddles to her. Impressed with her witty answers, the king receives her as his consort. The king, however, finds his overly wise consort unmanageable and orders her to pack a trunk with whatever she cannot live without and leave. During the last dinner with his consort, the king falls asleep and then finds himself in the trunk and asks her why he is in it. The wise woman replies with a smile, "It is you that told me to pack the trunk with whatever I consider most important and leave."