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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
May 20 14:00, May 24 14:00, May 27 14:00, May 30 19:00, June 02 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Taijiro IimoriConductor
Katharina WagnerDirector
Marc LöhrerSet Designer
Thomas KaiserCostume Designer
Stephen GouldTenorFlorestan
Hiroshi KurodaBassDon Fernando
Michael Kupfer-RadeckyBass-baritoneDon Pizarro
Hidekazu TsumayaBassRocco
Ricarda MerbethSopranoLeonore
Jun SuzukiTenorJaquino
Emi IshibashiSopranoMarzelline
Junya KatayoseTenorFirst prisoner
Toru OnumaBaritoneSecond prisoner
New National Theatre Chorus
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Daniel WeberDramaturgy

Sung in German with Japanese surtitles

Celebrating the New National Theatre Tokyo's twentieth year is a new production of "Fidelio", the sole opera of the illustrious Ludwig van BEETHOVEN. We welcome the young director Katarina WAGNER, great-granddaughter of Richard WAGNER, who has attracted much attention as current Director of the Bayreuth Festival.

The opera "Fidelio" is the sublimation of BEETHOVEN's idealistic spirit. With its theme of liberation for the sake of justice, love and freedom, and its finale evoking overwhelming emotions, "Fidelio" shares with "Aida" the status of a celebratory work staged the world over for special occasions such as the opening of a new performance venue. "Fidelio" was staged for the re-opening performance at the rebuilt Vienna State Opera after the Second World War in November 1955, the month after the end of Allied occupation.

For the nine years following the opera's publication in 1805, BEETHOVEN made repeated amendments to the score. The Overture, which was also rewritten, and the "O Welche Lust" ("Prisoners' Chorus"), are famous pieces often performed by themselves. Highlights include the Canon Quartet and Leonore's "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?" ("Scum! Where are you off to so fast?") in Act 1, and Florestan's despairing aria, "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" ("God! What darkness here") in Act 2. The orderly, classical tonal quality of the work is replete with dramatic force, and brings catharsis with its final soaring chorus.

IIMORI Taijiro, with his profound knowledge of German music, conducts the orchestra. Two of the world's top opera singers, Stephen GOULD and Ricarda MERBETH appear as Florestan and Leonore, and one of the greatest dramatic bass baritones of his generation, Michael KUPFER-RADECKY plays the role of Don Pizarro.

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