Ballet & Dance

New production

2004. 6-7

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Original by William Shakespeare
Libretto by Arrigo Boito

Opera in 3Acts (in Italian with Japanese supertitles)


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Dan Ettinger


Jonathan Miller*
Scenery and Costume Design Isabella Bywater
Lighting Design Peter Petschnig
Stage Manager Osawa Hiroshi
Chorus Master Misawa Hirofumi
Chorus New National Theatre Chorus


Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
*The article written by Jonathan Miller in The New York Review of Books.

Sir John Falstaff Bernd Weikl


Vladimir Chernov
Fenton John Ken Nuzzo


Heinz Zednik


Chubachi Satoshi


Tsumaya Hidekazu
Mrs.Alice Ford Susan Anthony


Handa Miwako
Mrs.Quickly Alexandrina Milcheva

Mrs.Meg Page

Masuda Yayoi

Jun-Jul 2004 Friday
3:00pm   X     X
6:30pm X   X X  
Doors will open 60 minutes before the opening of performance.
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes with 1 intermission

Available from Sunday 14 March, 2004 at 10:00 am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999(10:00am.-6:00pm.).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Website.(Japanease only)

Seat S
Seat A
Seat B
Seat C
Seat D
Seat E
Seat Z(¥1,500) is sold only on the performance day at the Box Office and exclusive Ticket Pia Offices.

FALSTAFF Verdi Provides Future Opera Fans with a Blissful Comedy
Join Us in Enjoying the Magnificent Staging of a Comedy that Has a Laugh at the Niceties of Human Life

With Falstaff, the NNTT will close its 2003/2004 season, which has seen a series of adventures under the theme of "The Fate of Men." A man who has lived through diverse experiences enters upon the last days of his life, smiling at the world with a detached air. This comedy, which could be described as the last will of Verdi and Shakespeare, promises audiences a fitting ending to their "operatic journey."
In his old age, Verdi, who had become a master of Italian opera with his soul-stirring music and touching tragedies, chose comedy as the subject for final opera. Based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV, Falstaff is a great work that features incomparably enjoyable drama and music and is filled with profound philosophical views of life. Above all there is the great highlight of the final ensemble in which, just before the fall of the curtain to the last act, Falstaff sings "All the world's a jest" and his words are overtaken over by the other soloists, resulting in a grand fugue that envelops the entire theatre.
The opera will be directed by Britain's distinguished director Jonathan Miller, who will appear at the NNTT for the first time. Especially well known for his direction of Shakespearean plays, including productions at the Royal Shakespeare Company and for the BBC's Shakespeare series, Miller will bring to the direction of this work his rich sense of humor and life experiences. The conductor Dan Ettinger will unleash the energy of the Italian composer in a youthful fashion, and he will be joined by popular and distinguished singers who will provide unrivaled performances in this dazzling upcoming production. These singers include Bernd Weikl, the greatest baritone today, as well as Vladimir Chernov, John Ken Nuzzo, Susan Anthony and Alexandrina Milcheva. No lover of opera will want to miss this exciting production.

The fat, old Sir John Falstaff sends love letters to two ladies of means, Alice Ford and Meg Page, asking for money. The women realize that the letters they have received are identical, and conspire together with Falstaff's retainers Bardolfo and Pistola, who bear a grudge against their master, as well as Ford and Dr. Cajus, to teach Falstaff a lesson. While Falstaff is lured out and is pinched and pricked in Windsor Park, it emerges that Ford's daughter Nannetta has actually married her lover Fenton, thereby bring the opera to a happy ending.