Ballet & Dance

The New National Theatre Tokyo The Pit Opera #11

from "Mitridate, Re di Ponto" and "Lucio Silla"
(Sung in Italian with Japanese Supertitles)

Conductor : Hirai Hideaki
Production : Egawa Tomomi
Music by : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by : Vittorio Amadeo Cigna-Santi (Mitridate, Re di Ponto)
  : Giovanni de Gamerra (Lucio Silla)
Production Libretto : Egawa Tomomi
Scenery : Hongo Tomomi
Costume Designer : Goda Takihide
Lighting Designer : Ishikawa Noriko
Stage Manager : Murata Kensuke
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : New National Theatre The Pit Opera Ensemble

November 2003


Mitridate / Lucio Silla Narita Katsumi X   X  
Takano Jiro   X   X
Farnace Kuroki Kaori X   X  
Kan Yumiko   X   X
Sifare / Cecilio Koshigoe Mami X   X  
Ando Fumiko   X   X
Aspagia / Giunia Kikuchi Mina X   X  
Moroi Sachiyo*   X   X
Ismene Kushima Kanae X   X  
Onishi Satoyo   X   X
Arbate Shimizu Kasumi X X X X
Mozart Shimada Michio X X X X
Leopold Seki Teruo X X X X
Driver Ogawa Kosaku X X X X
*Kunimitsu Tomoko,who was originally to perform the role of Aspagia/Giunia on Nov.14 and 16 is unable to perform. Alternatively, Moroi Sachiyo is taking her place.
Please refer to New National Theatre News.

November 2003 Thursday 13 Friday 14 Saturday 15 Sunday 16
3:00pm     X X
7:00pm X X    

Available from Tuesday 23 September, 2003 at 10:00am.
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All Seats Reserved: ¥4,200
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and exclusive Ticket Pia Offices.

Mozart_in_ItalyOpera in the Form of a Play Featuring a Young Mozart Embarking on a Journey

The Pit’s Opera Series entitled “THE PIT OPERA One Two Three,” which presents new productions by young stage directors, is starting up again with an experimental approach to grand operas.
Mozart continuously traveled over the course of his 35-year life. He left for Italy with his father in 1769 as a 13-year-old, and visited this southern country three times before 1773. Based on letters he wrote during this four-year period, Mozart in Italy, written for the series, creates an opera in the form of a play that incorporates Mozart’s operas Mitridate, Rè di Pont (Mitridate, King of Pontus) and Lucio Silla, which premiered during this time. Of particular interest is the attempt to shed new light on the path the highly gifted composer followed.

Mitridate, Rè di Pont is an opera seria in three acts. The setting is Pontus, a kingdom located on the south shore of the Black Sea, around 70 B.C. While King Mitridate is away, his eldest son Farnace and half-brother Sifare both fall in love with Aspasia, who is betrothed to their father, and fight with each other over her. Farnace, who conspires with the Romans, reveals that his brother loves Aspasia. When Sifare joins his father in a new fight against the Romans, Farnace repents of his conduct and the king reconciles himself with his sons. The opera was first performed in Milan in 1770.

Lucio Silla is a dramma per musica in three acts. The setting is Rome around 80 B.C. Cecilio has been banished by the despotic consul Silla but has returned illegally to Rome and meets Giunia again. Silla is about to force Giunia to marry him when Cecilio rushes in with sword drawn. Cecilio is sentenced to death. However, Silla suddenly pardons everyone and retires from office, and people join together to sing his praises. The opera premiered in Milan in 1772.