Music by Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART
Opera in 2 Acts
Sung in German with English and Japanese surtitles
16 Apr - 24 Apr, 2022 ( 5 Performances )
Running time is approx. 3 hours including one interval
Production of Aix-en-Provence Festival and Rouen Opera, created at Théâtre de la Monnaie in 2005
The beloved singspiel "Die Zauberflöte" is a fantasy of love and adventure that has sparked a lifetime of opera appreciation in many children around the world. This work is a veritable treasure trove of sound, with a succession of beautiful musical numbers performed throughout, including the catchy "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja" and "Pa- Pa- Pa-", as well as the technically demanding aria "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" sung by the Königin der Nacht (Queen of the Night). The celebrated production by William KENTRIDGE, master of contemporary art, uses drawings to create a mystical setting. The video projections are in black and white representing the conflict between light and shadows of human nature. The director's profund sensibilities and poesy bring out the essence of genius composer's final opera. At the same time, the production uses the theme of colonialism to illuminate the European Enlightenment ideals encapsulated in "Die Zauberflöte", with insights into the concepts of virtue and power.
Master conductor Oleg CAETANI makes his NNTT debut conducting this production. This also features prominent Japanese talent from around the country and around the world, including the delightful and elegant voice of SUZUKI Jun and the lyrical expression of SUNAKAWA Ryoko.
* 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.
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NEWS & FEATURES
Interview: KONDO Kei on "Die Zauberflöte"
A young prince Tamino is saved from a serpent by the Three Ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night. The bird-catcher Papageno boasts that it was him who killed the creature, and is punished. When Tamino learns that the Queen's daughter Pamina has been abducted by the evil Sarastro, he vows to rescue her. He is given a magic flute and Papageno magic bells for protection. When they arrive at Sarastro's palace, however, Tamino discovers that Sarastro is in fact a wise ruler, and it is the Queen of the Night who is evil. Tamino and Papageno are invited into the palace.
Tamino agrees to undergo trials of initiation in order to gain Pamina's hand, and Papageno also reluctantly agrees as he wants a wife too. Meanwhile, the Queen of the Night appears to her daughter, and giving her a dagger orders her to kill Sarastro. Pamina is confused, but Sarastro explains that only love prevails in this sacred place. However, when Tamino won't speak to her because he is on a vow of silence she is grief-stricken and tries to kill herself. Eventually, though, the two are successfully reunited and they face the ordeal of fire and water together. Happily, Papageno finds Papagena too. The Queen of the Night and her followers try to attack the temple but are engulfed in thunder, and the opera ends with a chorus hailing Sarastro and his wisdom.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Conductor: Oleg CAETANI
Production: William KENTRIDGE
Set Design: William KENTRIDGE, Sabine THEUNISSEN
Costume Design: Greta GOIRIS
Lighting Design: Jennifer TIPTON
Projection Design: Catherine MEYBURGH
Sarastro: KONO Teppei
Tamino: SUZUKI Jun
Sprecher, erster Priester und zweiter Geharnischter: MACHI Hidekazu
Eingeweihter / Erster Geharnischter: AKITANI Naoyuki
Königin der Nacht: YASUI Yoko
Pamina: SUNAKAWA Ryoko
Erste Dame: MASUDA Noriko
Zweite Dame: KOIZUMI Eiko
Dritte Dame: YAMASHITA Makiko
Erster Knabe: MAEKAWA Yoriko
Zweiter Knabe: NODA Chieko
Dritter Knabe: HANAFUSA Eriko
Papagena: MIYAKE Rie
Papageno: KONDO Kei
Monostatos: MASUJIMA Tadahiro
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
SUZUKI JunKönigin der Nacht
Booking Opens: Sun, 20 Mar 2022, 10:00am
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