Ballet & Dance

Beethoven: Fidelio
New Production

Ludwig Van Beethoven: Fidelio

<sung in Italian with Japanese supertitles>


Music by : Ludwig van Beethoven
Original by : Jean Nicolas Bouilly
Libretto by : Joseph von Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning, Georg Friedrich Treitschke
Conductor : Michael Boder
Production and Scenery Design : Marco Arturo Marelli
Costume Design : Dagmar Niefind-Marelli
Lighting Design : Tatsuta Yuji
Stage Manager : Sugahara Takashiro
Chorus Master : Misawa Hirofum
Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented by : New National Theatre, Tokyo

Don Fernando : Kono Katsunori
Don Pizarro : Peteris Eglitis
Florestan : Thomas Moser
Leonore : Gabriele Fontana
Rocco : Hans Tschammer
Marzelline : Mizusima Ikumu
Jaquino : Yoshida Hiroyuki
Erster Gefangener : Mizuguchi Satoshi
Zweiter Gefangener : Aoto Satoru

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Doors will open 45 minutes before the opening of the performance.
Approximate running time: 3 hours, with 1 intermission

  Available from Sunday 27 March , 2005 at 10:00am.
To order tickets, please call +81-3-5352-9999 (10:00am-6:00pm).
Internet ticket reservation available through the following Websites.(Japanese only)

TICKET PRICES (with tax)
Price(yen) 21,000 18,900 15,750 13,650 10,500 7,350 6,300 3,150 1,500
*Rank 8: Sold at the NNTT Box Office and all Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date only. Up to 2 tickets per person. No phone reservations. *Seat Z: Sold to students only at some Ticket Pia outlets on the day before the performance. Any tickets not sold by the performance date will be released to the general public at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID. *Same day student tickets (50% off Ranks 1 - 7): Sold at the NNTT Box Office and some Ticket Pia outlets on the performance date. One ticket per person. No phone reservations. Students must bring a valid student ID.

*Opera House Ticket Prices & Seating Plan

Liberation for freedom through love
A moving masterpiece whose music eloquently speaks of idealism

handbill [Beethoven: Fidelio]

Fidelio is the only opera written by Beethoven, the great master of music.The composer put all his energies into this opera, revising it repeatedly over the nine years after the publication of its first edition.The masterpiece reflects Beethoven’s highly idealistic concepts in a straightforward fashion, expressing the ideas of justice, virtue, love and liberation for freedom through music.The magnificent overture, rewritten every time the opera was revised, and the celebrated “Prisoners’ chorus” shows his personality, and in the finale consisting of a large choir and orchestral music, the audience will certainly be overwhelmed by the splendid, divine and impressive music.

The stage director will be Marco Arturo Marelli, originally a scenery designer, who is active in major European cities, including Vienna and Salzburg.He will build spiritual spaces on the stage, visualizing Beethoven’s music architecturally.The gifted conductor Michael Boder leads orchestras in both opera and concert, and in particular, he has an established reputation for his interpretations of German music.Soloists include Thomas Moser, who dominates the Western operatic world as one of the top tenors; Hans Tschammer, known as one of the most prominent Wagnerian singers in Europe and who displayed his abilities prominently when he sang in the NNTT’s production of Das Rheingold; and Gabriele Fontana, who plays an important role in German and Viennese operatic circles.This monumental production will open a new page in the history of the staging of German opera by the NNTT, which always brings together an overwhelmingly splendid cast of singers and production staff to high acclaim.


Two swindlers arrive at Koshikijima, an isolated island south of Kyushu, and call themselves the children of a late local man of prominence. They tell the islanders that they want to revive the shipbuilding business, which once flourished on the island, and start to raise funds with the island’s Japanese inn Kamomekan as their base. They had planned to run away with the money, but are unable to do so because of their innately good and weak nature. While they are desperate to escape, the world soon changes as the war breaks out. Because of the enthusiasm of the islanders who do not know that they are being deceived, the shipbuilding business advances steadily, and the two fraudsters become the spiritual support of the islanders, leading them to a situation in which they work hard for the business. At that time, a woman named Yuki who has returned from overseas comes to the island accompanied by her mentally retarded daughter. Okano, the landlord of Kamomekan, apparently knows Yuki’s identity. Through the good offices of Okano, Yuki starts to make a living while working for the inn, but…one stormy night, the respective fates of the people on the island begin to roll out.

< Conductor > < Production and Scenery Design >
Michael Boder Marco Arturo Marelli
Michael Boder Marco Arturo Marelli
< CAST >
Kono Katsunori Peteris Eglitis Thomas Moser Gabriele Fontana  
Kono Katsunori Peteris Eglitis Thomas Moser Gabriele Fontana  

Hans Tschammer Mizusima Ikumu Yoshida Hiroyuki Mizuguchi Satoshi Aoto Satoru
Hans Tschammer Mizusima Ikumu Yoshida Hiroyuki Mizuguchi Satoshi Aoto Satoru

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