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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
April 05 18:00, April 08 14:00, April 11 14:00, April 14 14:00, April 17 14:00, April 20 18:00, April 22 14:00
New National Theatre
Paolo CarignaniConductor
Franco ZeffirelliDirector
Ekaterina SemenchukMezzo-sopranoAmneris
Najmiddin MavlyanovTenorRadamès
Yasuo HoriuchiBaritoneAmonasro
Sae-Kyung RimSopranoAida
Masumi KubotaBassKing of Egypt
Hidekazu TsumayaBassRamfis
Toshiaki MurakamiTenorA messenger
Kiyoko IshiiChoreography
New National Theatre Chorus
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

Sung in Italian with Japanese surtitles

The great festive work that is "Aida" is being staged as a commemorative performance for the New National Theatre Tokyo's twentieth year. Franco ZEFFIRELLI's resplendent production, created in 1998 to commemorate the opening performance, involves a dynamic stage transformation for the Theatre. The scene of the Triumphal March is a grand aural and visual spectacle with over 300 singers, a chorus, ballet troupe and the supporting cast. This production is a must-see for everyone, whether opera fan or not.

"Aida" is the major work of VERDI's later life and was first staged at the Cairo Opera House, built to commemorate the completion of the Suez Canal. A month later it achieved success at the Teatro alla Scala with a string of forty encores, and went on to achieve great popularity at opera houses worldwide. The story, set in ancient Egypt, is of the devoted love between the military commander, Radamès, and Aida, the queen of Egypt's enemy, Ethiopia. There is a glorious succession of famous songs such as Radamès' aria "Celeste Aida" ("Heavenly Aida"), and Aida's "Ritorna Vincitor" ("Return a conqueror") and "Marcia trionfale" ("Triumphal March"), and numerous portrayals in the second half of psychological conflicts such as the love between the protagonists, the feelings between father and daughter, pride, and envy. The music in the duet between Radamès and Aida, "La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse" ("The fatal stone now closes over me"), in the final scene expresses with reverberating purity the sublimation of the couple's love.

The popular Paolo CARIGYANI wields the baton, the Korean-born RIM Sae-Kyung plays Aida, Najmiddin MAVLYANOV plays Radamès, and the world-class Ekaterina SEMENCHUK plays Amneris.

April 2018
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