Thursday, 29 October 2009

Arabella and Tristan in NNTT's next season

Today NNTT announced part of their next season, new productions of Arabella in October 2010 and Tristan und Isolde in December 2010 and January 2011. Ulf Schirmer and Philippe Arlaud will present the former with costumes by Hanae Mori on 2, 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 October, which seems to be the opening for 2010/11 season. The latter is performed under the baton of Kazushi Ohno and directed by David McVicar on 25 and 28 December and 4, 7 and 10 January. No singer name is given, but popular ones are expected. The whole programme will be announced in January.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

OA to release 2 Bayreuth live recordings

As announced in August by the festival authority and written about dates by WagneroperaNET on Twitter, Opus Arte is releasing 2 recent live recordings at Bayreuth: Ring cycle in 2008 (CDs) and Tristan und Isolde in 2009 (DVDs and Blu-rays). The Ring cycle set is scheduled for release on 26 October according to Presto Classical, an online shop, and Amazon.co.uk but Opus Arte seems to put the date on 1 November. For the Tristan DVDs, the shop announces the date as 4 January 2010, and for Blu-rays Amazon the one as 26 October, yet the label nothing. The authority makes no reference to details. Anyway, they come to hand soon.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Tokyo Ring's ticket sales to start soon

Ticket sales for general public of the latter half of Keith Warner's Tokyo Ring by NNTT in this spring start in this weekend, on Saturday for Siegfried and Sunday for Götterdämmerung. Sales for members of Club the Atre, friends of NNTT, began on 10 October and many tickets has already been bought especially on holidays and weekends. Therefore it is so difficult to purchase good or unexpensive ones, but worth trying. The former half — Das Rheingold and Die Walküre — was performed in the last spring and got much applause.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

SFT announces 2010 festival season

Friday, Spring Festival in Tokyo announced their programme 2010. From 14 March to 10 April, some 40 performances will be held in Ueno, mainly Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. The most interesting one is Parsifal in concert form on 2 and 4 April, which will be conducted by Ulf Schirmer and sung by Burkhard Fritz and Michaela Schster. The second one is a concert which Riccardo Muti conducts Carmina Burana with a special orchestra for the festival, Desiree Rancatore, Max Emanuel Cencic and Ludovic Tézier sing (9 and 10 April). Other interesting performances are a recital by Yuu Kosuge on 26 March and one by Ricarda Merbeth on 5 April. Ticket sale starts on 28 November.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Nikikai: Madama Butterfly

Quick evaluation: B

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Ettinger designated for TP's Chef

Tokyo Philharmonic announced yesterday that from April 2010 Dan Ettinger takes a baton as their Chief Conductor.

Monday, 21 September 2009

NNTT: Otello

Quick evaluation: A-

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

La Scala Japan Tour: Don Carlo

Quick evaluation: B+

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

La Scala Japan tour: Aida

La Scala bring Aida and Don Carlo for their Japan tour. Tonight I watched the former at NHK Hall, Yoyogi.

Bayreuth's order form has arrived

The order form for the Bayreuth Festival 2010 arrived at my post last Saturday. As announced already, the festival opens on 25 July 2010 with a new production of Lohengrin staged by Hans Neuenfels and conducted by Andris Nelsons, and ends 28 August. The other programmes are Der Ring des Niebelungen, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and staffs are the same as this year. Casts are TBA. Prices seem to be raised due to the pay-rise for their backstage workers. The highest one is €280 in A1 category, the lowest €15 in G4. The deadline is 16 October 2009 and your order has to reach by this date at the latest. Don't miss it.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

TSO Tokyo Opera City Series No 51

Siberius programme by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) celebrated the 90th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Wagner Gala Concert

At Orchard Hall, Bunkamura, Shibuya, a concert titled as above was held. Taijiro Iimori conducted Tokyo Phiharmonic. This afternoon was the latter of the 2 performances. Details are to be reported.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

September highlights

This September is, so to speak, 'Verdi month' in Tokyo. In the beginning and middle, La Scala visits Tokyo with Aida (4, 6, 9, 11) and Don Carlo (8, 12, 13, 15, 17). Daniel Barenboim conducts the former with Franco Zeffirelli's staging and the latter Daniele Gatti with Stéphane Braunschweig's. Well-known singers will play, such as René Pape, Barbara Frittoli, Ramón Vargas, Violeta Urmana and Dalibor Jenis.
After La Scala's promising tour, New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) puts Otello on the stage as its 2009/10 season opening in the end of the month (20, 23, 26, 29 and 3 and 6 October). Riccardo Frizza, who led successful Macbeth (2005) and Aida (2008) at the theatre, conducts Tokyo Philharmonic in a new staging by Mario Martone with Stephan Gould as the title role, Tamar Iveri as Desdemona (standing in for Norma Fantini) and Lucio Gallo as Jago.
His rival, Wagner, appears at Bunkamura in the beginning (3 and 5) with Tokyo Philharmonic and Taijiro Iimori. The third act of Die Walküre is mainly played in concert form titled as Wagner Gala Concert. Cancellation of Alan Titus due to illness is sorry but the orchestra played the work splendidly in this April under the direction of Dan Ettinger in the pit of NNTT. Kathryn Foster, Ralf Lukas (replacing Titus) and others will sing.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Verdi lecture by La Scala at IIC Tokyo

Tonight Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC, Italian Cultural Institute) in Tokyo held a lecture on Verdi's Aida and Don Carlo by La Scala, 2 days before the first night of its tour in Japan. Paolo Gavazzeni, Orchestra Manager, presented the lecture showing their recorded performances of the masterpieces, which are the programmes of the tour. He talked about not only the works themselves but also the stagings for this time, the former by Franco Zeffirelli in 2006 and the latter by Stéphane Braunschweig in 2008. Details are to report later.