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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 202117:30
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
Hidekazu TsumayaBassFilippo II
Giuseppe GipaliTenorDon Carlo
Tomohiro TakadaBaritoneRodrigo, Marchese di Posa
Marco SpottiBassIl Grande Inquisitore
Atsuko KobayashiSopranoElisabetta 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
Rei MatsuuraSopranoTebaldo
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 Giuseppe GIPALI, who established himself as a Verdian tenor much in demand. The talented line up also includes Hidekazu Tsumaya in the role of Filippo II, Tomohiro Takada, who impressed audiences in Asters plays the lead role of Rodrigo, Elisabetta will be performed by Atsuko Kobayashi who recently enthralled the audience with the role of Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Anna Maria Chiuri, who has mesmerised the world with her dramatic voice and charisma in the role of La Principessa d'Eboli, and Hidekazu Tsumaya, one of the most important bass singers in Japan, in the role of Filippo II.

*Please note that we will modify a part of the original production into a new normal style version.

© New National Theatre Tokyo
© New National Theatre Tokyo
May 2021
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