Press Release
2004/2005 season Opera "Lulu"

Kindly be informed that regardless of intensive musical coaching by the staff of our theatre for ”Lulu, which requires extraordinary ability of artists, I have decided to produce a two-act version instead of a three-act version as planned. Moreover, Mr.Mineo Nagata as Alwa has been released from this production. Alternatively Mr.Jun Takahashi is to take over his place in order to provide the performances with highest quality to the audience.
In connection with this amendment as informed above, singers who were to be appeared only in the third act, Ms. Shuko Kinoshita as Eine Fuenfzehnjaehrige, Ms.Asako Yoda as Ihre Mutter, Ms. Yuko Seto as Eine Kunstgewerblerin, Mr. Hiroyuki Narita as Ein Journalist and Mr. Kosei Hayama as Der Polizeikommissaer, will support the performance in the new roles respectively (They will be on the stage as actors). Mr. Mitsuya Okubo as Ein Diener will not appear on this production.
Even though Messrs.Pountney and Reck, the performance director and conductor, originally planned to have a three-act version, they have agreed that a two-act version is the only possible solution under this circumstances. I feel very sorry to inform you and I take responsibility as Artistic Director. I deeply apologize to you from the bottom of my heart.

Ticket refund will be available from January 20 at the Box Office of New National Theatre, Tokyo. (Tel:81-(0)3-5352-9999)

Thomas Novohradsky
Artistic Director,Opera
New National Theatre, Tokyo