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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
January 24 18:30, January 26 14:00, January 28 14:00, January 31 18:30, February 02 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Paolo CarignaniConductor
Aguni JunDirector
Pasquale GrossiSet Designer
Alessandro CiammarughiCostume Designer
Matteo LippiTenorRodolfo
Nino MachaidzeSopranoMimì
Mario CassiBaritoneMarcello
Akiho TsujiiSopranoMusetta
Kenji MoriguchiBaritoneSchaunard
Matsui HiroshiBaritoneColline
Yoshiyuki ShikanoBassBenoît
Masahiko HareBaritoneAlcindoro
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus

Set in 19th century Paris, this opera depicts the pure love of the poet Rodolfo and the seamstress Mimi, and the impoverished yet free spirit of young artists with dreams of future success. This romantic story is interwoven with dulcet melodies typical of PUCCINI. The scene featuring the famous arias "Che gelida manina" ("What a frozen little hand") and "Mi chiamano Mimì" ("They call me Mimi") stands out among many operas as a beautiful scene of love. This production is packed with highlights, including the bustling Quartier Latin at Christmas, the beautiful yet sorrowful vocal quartet of the lovers on their decision to part ways, and the moving final scene. The stage design is a realistic reproduction of Paris at the time, a major feat by director AGUNI Jun. The psychological characterisations carefully woven throughout each act are deeply evocative.

Taking up the conductor's baton is Paolo CARIGNANI, whose performances have earned him many ardent fans. Mimi will be played by Nino MACHAIDZE, whose rich voice, beauty and stunning power of expression propelled her to stardom after her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2008. The drama will be enhanced by the up and coming European vocalists Mateo LIPPI and Mario CASSI, along with soprano TSUJI Akiho, active in Germany, in the role of Musetta.

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