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Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo

New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
Dates/times in Tokyo time zone
Thursday 20 May 202118:30
Sunday 23 May 202114:00
Wednesday 26 May 202114:00
Saturday 29 May 202114:00
New National Theatre
Paolo CarignaniConductor
Marco Arturo MarelliDirector, Set Designer
Dagmar Niefind-MarelliCostume Designer
Michele PertusiBassFilippo II
Luciano GanciTenorDon Carlo
Tomohiro TakadaBaritoneRodrigo, Marchese di Posa
Marco SpottiBassIl Grande Inquisitore
Marina Costa-JacksonSopranoElisabetta di Valois
Anna Maria ChiuriMezzo-sopranoLa Principessa Eboli
Hiroaki OtsukaBass-baritoneUn frate
Hironori JoTenorIl Conte di Lerma, Un araldo reale
Akie MitsuokaSopranoUna voce dal cielo
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus

This masterpiece composed by Giuseppe Verdi in his later years is a grand historical drama set to dignified music, portraying the forbidden love between the prince Don Carlo and Elisabetta and the rivalry between Carlo and his father, King Filippo II. In doing so, it explores the themes of jealousy, betrayal and friendship. The opera brims with famous arias, including "Nel giardin del bello (Song of the Veil)" and "O don fatale" by La Principessa d'Eboli, the king's sorrowful aria "Ella giammai m'amò" and Elisabetta's "Tu che la vanità" The duets are both comradely, as between Carlo and Rodrigo, and dramatic, as between Elisabetta and the prince. The stage directed by Marco Arturo Marelli uses symbolic crosses and enclosed spaces reminiscent of prison.

Conducting will be by maestro Paolo Carignani, who has an enthusiastic following in Japan, while the title role is taken on by Luciano Ganci, a tenor whose dazzling voice has wowed the world. The talented line up also includes globally acclaimed bass Michele Pertusi in the role of Filippo II, Takada Tomohiro, who impressed audiences in Asters plays the lead role of Rodrigo, Marina Costa-Jackson as Elisabetta, and Anna Maria Chiuri, who has mesmerised the world with her dramatic voice and charisma in the role of Princess Eboli.

May 2021
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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