A Midsummer Night's Dream
New Production in the time of "A New Normal"
Music by Benjamin BRITTEN
Opera in 3 Acts
Sung in English with English and Japanese surtitles
Original Production of La Monnaie – De Munt in Brussels
The 75th National Arts Festival by Agency for Cultural Affairs presents
Supported by British Council
4 Oct - 12 Oct, 2020 ( 5 Performances )
Schedule of Additional Ticket Sales (Update on the 25th of September)
The easing of government guideline concerning capacity allows us to sell more tickets.
Addtional ticket sale will start on the 1st of October at 10:00 JST.
Please note that the seats which are currently sold will be temporarily unavailable from the 29th of October at 18:00 JST to the additional ticket on-sale date in order to preparing this additional ticket sales.
Running time is 3 hours and 20 mins (including intervals).
Our 2020/2021 Season will open with Benjamin BRITTEN's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". This new production, based on the production by David McVICAR, will be modified into "A New Normal" style version; respecting social distance and other COVID-19 prevention measures.
"This is one of the most enjoyable operas of the 20th century. It makes you laugh, yet the music is refined and elaborate, tickling the senses. I've chosen this work so that people can experience how fun 20th-century opera can be", ONO Kazushi, the Artistic Director of Opera gives the reason why he featured the opera for the opening production of the new season.
Based on SHAKESPEARE's comedic masterpiece portraying the uproar created at the whims of a sprite, this opera was composed using about half the text of the original work. The drama unfolds with motifs and harmonies in BRITTEN's inimitable style, revealing three vivid worlds: that of the fairies, the lovers and the tradespeople. The ear-catching music, full of variety, will delight audiences and draw them into a world of fantasy, with particularly impressive highlights such as the boy soprano fairy ensemble and the countertenor fairy king Oberon.
David McVICAR's original production, premiered in 2004 at La Monnaie - De Munt in Brussels with ingenious sceneries and costumes by Rae SMITH , was set in a giant attic of an English country house and portrayed with a modern touch the delicate inner workings of several pairs of women and men.
Oberon will be played by FUJIKI Daichi, a NNT Opera Studio graduate who debuted at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2017 as countertenor. Other cast will be performed by talented Japanese artists.
We will present Shakespeare- related works in three genres Opera, Dance and Drama in Autumn 2020.
*IIMORI Norichika will conduct the opera replacing Martyn BRABBINS who withdrew from the production.
[Covid-19] Our Prevention Plan and Request to Our Patrons
The performances will be taking place based on the policies of the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan government, along with the guideline for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 infection by the Association of Public Theatres and Halls in Japan.
Please read this page before visiting the theatre.
NEWS & FEATURES
Opera is back to the NNTT's stage for the first time in 8 months with A Midsummer Night's Dream!
[Notice] Additional Ticket Sales for Opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Ballet "Don Quixote"
Cast change : Benjamin BRITTEN's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (4th - 12th Oct., 2020)
Opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented in "A New Normal"style version
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: IIMORI Norichika
Stage Director and Movement: Leah HAUSMAN
Based on on the production of David McVICAR
Set and Costume Design: Rae SMITH
Associate Set and Costume Design: William FRICKER
Lighting Design: Ben PICKERSGILL
Based on the original designs of Paule CONSTABLE
Stage Manager: TAKAHASHI Naohito
Oberon: FUJIKI Daichi
Tytania: HIRAI Kaori
Puck: KONO Teppei
Theseus: OTSUSKA Hiroaki
Hyppolita: KOBAYASHI Yuka
Lysander: MURAKAMI Kota
Demetrius: KONDO Kei
Hermia: TAJIMA Yuka
Helena: OHSUMI Chikako
Bottom: TAKAHASHI Masanao
Quince: TSUMAYA Hidekazu
Flute: KISHINAMI Aigaku
Snug: SHIMURA Fumihiko
Snout: AOCHI Hideyuki
Starveling: YOSHIKAWA Kenichi
Children's Chorus: TOKYO FM Boys Chor
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
IIMORI NorichikaStage Director and Movement
Booking Opens: Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 10:00am
*The easing of government guideline concerning capacity allows us to sell more tickets.
Additional ticket sales are scheduled as above. (Update on the 25th of September)
*Please note that further changes or cancellations may be required as the coronavirus situation develops or to comply with requests from the Government.
Booking Z seats (Day tickets) 1,650 yen
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- Only when seats allocated as Z seat are still available 2 hours before the show starts, you are able to purchase these tickets at the Box Office of the theatre.
- Note that all Z seats are on a first come, first served basis and will come with restricted views.
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- 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.
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At that point, we will tell you the Refund method.
- A special discount price is available for disabled guests. Please inquire at the Box Office for details.
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