Wed, 5 April 2023, 18:00
Sat, 8 April 2023, 14:00
Tue, 11 April 2023, 14:00
Thu, 13 April 2023, 14:00
*Tickets for this date are only sold at the Ticket Agent Pia. Z seats (Day Tickets) are sold at the Theatre.
Sun, 16 April 2023, 14:00
Wed, 19 April 2023, 18:00
Fri, 21 April 2023, 14:00
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25th Anniversary Production
Music by Giuseppe VERDI
Opera in 4 Acts
Sung in Italian with English and Japanese surtitles
5 Apr - 21 Apr, 2023 ( 7 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours and 50 mins including intervals.
The great festive opera of Aida is being performed as a celebration performance for the New National Theatre Tokyo's 25th Anniversary. Franco ZEFFIRELLI's resplendent production, premiered in 1998 to commemorate the opening of the theatre, involves a dynamic stage transformation. The scene of the Triumphal March is a grand aural and visual spectacle with hundreds of performers on stage. This production is a must-see for everyone, whether you are an opera fan or not.
Aida is the major work of Verdi's later life and was revealed at the Opera House in Caro which was built to commemorate the completion of the Suez Canal. A month later it achieved success at the Teatro alla Scala with a string of forty encores, and has been one of the most popular operatic repertoires across the globe.
The story, set in ancient Egypt, is of the devoted love between the military commander, Radamès, and Aida, the queen of Egypt's enemy, Ethiopia. There is a glorious succession of famous songs such as Radamès' aria "Celeste Aida", and Aida's "Ritorna Vincitor" and "Marcia trionfale" ("Triumphal March"). In the second half of the opera, the plot describes protagonists' dilemmas; father and lover, love and patriotism, longing and jealousy...etc,. The music in the duet between Radamès and Aida, "La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse" in the final scene expresses with reverberating purity the sublimation of the couple's love.
Noted soprano Serena FARNOCCHIA takes on the title role, with Roberto ARONICA, one of the world's best tenors, as Radames. The role of Amneris is performed by Irene ROBERTS, making great strides at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and other opera houses in Europe and the United States. Veteran baritone Franco VASSALLO, active throughout Europe with Verdi repertoires appears as Amonasro. Verdi expert Carlo RIZZI leads these ideal cast, orchestra and chorus in a return performance for which expectations are high.
* Please note that there might be changes depending on the Covid-19 situation.
[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
Cast change : Don Giovanni & Aida in 2022/2023 season
2022/2023 Season Opera at the New National Theatre, Tokyo
The setting is ancient Egypt.
Aida, princess of Ethiopia who was defeated in the war, is a captive and slave to the Egyptian princess Amneris, who does not know that Aida is the daughter of the Ethiopian king. Aida and Radamès, captain of the Egyptian guard, secretly love each other, but Amneris also loves Radamès. One day, Radamès returns from a victorious campaign bringing with him many slaves, including Aida’s father Amonasro.
The Ethiopian king Amonasro sees his daughter again and convinces her to find out from Radamès which route the Egyptian forces plan to take in the next war with Ethiopia.
At night, Aida, in a rendezvous with Radamès on the bank of the Nile, tries to persuade him to flee with her and extracts from him information about the operations of the Egyptian forces. Stunned to know of the enemy’s plot, Radamès surrenders himself and is placed under arrest.
Amneris offers to plead for him if he marries her, but ultimately, he refuses to explain and is sentenced to death.
As the walls of his burial chamber are sealed up, Radamès discovers that Aida has concealed herself in the darkness. The lovers die quietly but at the same time attain eternal love.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: Carlo RIZZI
Production, Set and Costume Design: Franco ZEFFIRELLI
Lighting Design: OKUHATA Yasuo
Choreographer: ISHII Kiyoko
Aida: Serena FARNOCCHIA
Radames: Roberto ARONICA
Amneris: Irene ROBERTS
Amonasro: Franco VASSALLO
Ramfis: TSUMAYA Hidekazu
Il Re: ITO Takayuki
Un messaggero: MURAKAMI Toshiaki
Sacerdotessa: SOGO Shoko
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
Carlo RIZZIProduction, Set and Costume Design
TSUMAYA HidekazuIl Re
ITO TakayukiUn messaggero
Booking Opens: Sun, 5 Feb 2023, 10:00am
*The tickets will be sold for all seats as normal (except the seats in rows 1-2 on the 1st Floor).
*Tickets for the 13th are only sold at the Ticket Agent Pia. Z seats (Day Tickets) are sold at the Theatre.
Booking Z seats (Day tickets) 1,650 yen
- You are able to* purchase Z seat tickets online from 10:00 am. Click "BUY TICKETS" next to "Z" under each performance information.
- There is a handling charge of ¥330 (incl. tax).
- 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.
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.
*Please note that further changes or cancellations may be required as the coronavirus situation develops or to comply with requests from the Government.
- For Seat D of Opera performances, maximum of 2 tickets per person on the first day of ticket sale.
- 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 following conditions.
- When the performance is cancelled.
- In case you correspond to the conditions as mentioned on this page
- If you choose not to attend the performance due to prevent infection.
Please be sure to call the New National Theatre, Tokyo Box Office in advance.
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.
- Users of wheelchairs are requested to contact the Box Office.
- Please note that cast or programme change may be required depending on the situation.