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OperaTannhäuser

2018/2019 Season

Music by Richard WAGNER
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in German with Japanese surtitles
OPERA HOUSE

27 Jan. - 9 Feb., 2019

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Running time is approx. 4 hours 15 mins including intervals

Richard WAGNER's Tannhäuser is an opera that portrays the inner struggles of an artist and his ultimate redemption through love. The work is full of memorable moments such as the exhilarating overture, the seductive ballet music of Venusberg, the pious harmonies of the Pilgrim's Chorus, and the stirring song contest scene. In this revival of Hans-Peter LEHMANN's classic production, first seen in 2007, Tannhäuser will be sung by the exceptional German tenor Torsten KERL who has performed the part at the Bayreuth Festival as well as at major opera houses. His voice has both the brilliance of a tenor and the strength of a heldentenor, and we eagerly look forward to his heroic portrayal of this challenging role. Wolfram is sung by Roman TREKEL, whose career as a Wagner singer started with this role at Bayreuth, and his lyrical and delicate rendering of the aria "O du, mein holder Abendstern" will surely be a musical highlight. Latvian Liene KINČA, who is quickly making her name as a Wagnerian soprano, sings the role of Elisabeth. Making his long-awaited return to the New National Theatre Tokyo is renowned conductor Asher FISCH, who appears regularly at the Met and other major international houses.



Synopsis

Medieval Germany. The minstrel knight Tannhäuser has been enjoying worldly pleasures in Venusberg, the realm of the goddess of love. However, now he is weary and longs to go back to the human world. Venus pleads him to stay, but Tannhäuser resists and finds himself back in the Valley of Wartburg. He meets his fellow knights and follows them to the castle.

In Wartburg's Hall of Song, Tannhäuser and Elisabeth rejoice in their reunion, and he decides to take part in the song contest. The Landgrave Hermann announces "the nature of love" as the subject of the contest: Wolfram von Eschenbach sings of love as a fountain of pure water and the other knights also sing of spiritual love. However, Tannhäuser contradicts them with his song in praise of Venus and sensual love, revealing that he has been in the Venusberg. The knights try to attack him but Elisabeth intervenes and begs them for mercy. Tannhäuser is ordered by the Landgrave to make a pilgrimage to Rome to seek penance.

Elisabeth prays for Tannhäuser's salvation and awaits his return, but he is not among the group of pilgrims that pass by. Wolfram watches over her and calls on the evening star to guide her way. Finally Tannhäuser appears alone, and he tells Wolfram how the Pope didn't forgive him. In despair, he tries to return to Venusberg but at that moment the news of Elisabeth's death is brought. With the words "Elisabeth, pray for me" he dies and his soul is saved. The chorus praises the grace of God.


Conductor Asher FISCH別ウィンドウで開きます 1

Production Hans-Peter LEHMANN 2

Set and Costume Design Olaf ZOMBECK

Lighting Design TATSUTA Yuji

Choreographer Mehmet BALKAN


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Cast

Hermann TSUMAYA Hidekazu 3

Tannhäuser Torsten KERL別ウィンドウで開きます 4

Wolfram von Eschenbach Roman TREKEL別ウィンドウで開きます 5

Walther von der Vogelweide SUZUKI Jun 6

Biterolf HAGIWARA Jun 7

Heinrich der Schreiber YOGI Takumi

Reinmar von Zweter OTSUKA Hiroaki

Elisabeth Liene KINČA別ウィンドウで開きます 8

Venus Alexandra PETERSAMER別ウィンドウで開きます 9

Ein junger Hirt YOSHIHARA Keiko


Chorus New National Theatre Chorus

Ballet The National Ballet of Japan

Orchestra Tokyo Symphony Orchestra


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Schedule

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February 2019

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Booking Opens

Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 10:00 (GMT+9:00)

Tickets


SABCD
¥27,000 ¥21,600 ¥15,120 ¥8,640 ¥5,400

Tax included

The New National Theatre,
Tokyo Box Office:

+81-(0)3-5352-9999

10:00 - 18:00

Tickets are sold via the website of PIA Corporation.

Concession Prices (students, juniors, seniors, groups)
Under 15s discounts and Z Seats (Day Tickets) are available online. Other types of discount tickets are not available online. Please inquire at the Box Office or by telephone. (+81-(0)3-5352-9999 10:00 - 18:00)
Booking Z seats(Day tickets)1,620 yen
Z seats are available online from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on the day of the performance.
One ticket per person.

Please Note

  • No admittance to pre-school children. Each child older than this age requires a ticket for entry, even when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Tickets may not be changed or refunded except in the case of a cancelled performance.
  • A special discount price is available for disabled guests. Please inquire at the Box Office for details.
  • Users of wheelchairs are requested to contact the Box Office.
  • Preferred seats may not be available on the first day of ticket sales.

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