ONO KazushiARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF OPERA
It is my pleasure to introduce the New National Theatre, Tokyo under my direction from the 2018/2019 season. Our Theatre boasts a presence as one of Asia’s leading opera venues, and we have maintained our international influence through showcasing numerous world premieres and new operas. As Artistic Director, I look forward to developing our pursuits with even greater energy.
To achieve this, I aim to utilise my global network to invite the world’s best directors, conductors, stage designers, dancers, artists and singers to gather at our Theatre and inject our creations with vitality, transforming our Theatre into a space that will present us with much to consider as 21st century inhabitants. I would like to promote the use of cutting-edge Japanese visual technology to recreate traditional works, and work with other Asian countries to co-produce operas in a pan-Pacific alliance. I want to ensure that our world premieres are opportunities to send our message “from Tokyo to the world”.
I believe that the potential of opera as a means of expression is going to become increasingly meaningful in terms of global-scale human connections. And I am positive that the NNTT will play a significant role as we enter this era.
ONO Kazushi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts. He was formerly Music Director of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (1990-1996) and General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (1996-2002) before he succeeded Antonio Pappano as Music Director of Theatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels where he enjoyed six highly successful seasons (2002-2008).
He then served as Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon (2008-2017), during which time he was also Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini. He is currently Music Director for the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. He has been appointed as the new music director of the Brussels Philharmonic from September 2022 onwards.
He made his opera debut in 2007 at La Scala in Milan (“Macbeth”). Since then, he has made a number of appearances at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (“Der fliegende Hollaender”), the Opéra National de Paris (“Kol Roger”), the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (“Der fliegende Hollaender” and “Haensel und Gretel”), the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin (“Elektra”), the Glyndebourne Festival Opera (“L'heure espagnole”, “L'enfant et les sortileges” and “Haensel und Gretel”), and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (“Le Rossignol”).
In September 2016, he took up the role of Artistic Consultant for Opera at the New National Theatre Tokyo, and in September 2018 he assumed office as the theatre’s Artistic Director of Opera.
|1987||Arturo Toscanini International Competition for Conductors|
|1993||Akio Watanabe Music Foundation Award
Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists by Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts
|1997||Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award
Idemitsu Music Award
|2006||Prix de la critique and European Grand Prize for Opera (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie)|
|2007||Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts|
|2008||Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government|
|2009||Prix de la critique, Prix de Claude Rostand for “Le Joueur”, “Lulu”, “Mort à Venise” (l’Opéra National de Lyon)
Exxon Mobil Music Award
|2010||The Imperial Prize, the Japan Arts Academy Prize
Suntory Music Award
|2011||Prix de la critique, Prix de Claude Rostand for “Le Rossignol et autres fables” (l’Opéra National de Lyon)|
|2012||Grammy Award for “Diva Divo” (Joyce DiDonato with Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon)|
|2014||Gramophone’s Opera Award for “L’heure espagnole” and “L’enfant et les sortilèges” (Glyndebourne Festival)|
|2016||Asahi Prize for his contribution to Japanese society|
|2017||Prix de la critique, Prix de Claude Rostand, “L’ange de Feu” (l’Opéra National de Lyon) Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government
Special Medal by the City of Lyon