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Guide to the New National Theatre, Tokyo

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TokyoDon Quixote

Don Quixote
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; The National Ballet of Japan

TokyoDai Fujikura: A Dream of ArmageddonWorld premiere

New National Theatre Tokyo
Fujikura: A Dream of Armageddon
Kazushi Ono; Lydia Steier; New National Theatre; Barbara Ehnes; Ursula Kudrna; Peter Tantsits; Seth Carico

TokyoShakespeare The Sonnets

Shakespeare The Sonnets
Various: Shakespeare The Sonnets
Megumi Nakamura; The National Ballet of Japan; Takafumi Watanabe; Ayako Ono; Yui Yonezawa
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An elegant and vocally fine Don Pasquale in Tokyo

Roberto Scandiuzzi (Don Pasquale) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre Tokyo
New National Theatre Tokyo's new staging of Donizetti's jolly Don Pasquale, in Stefano Vizioli's classic production, featured some sparkling vocal performances from a fine cast.
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Turandot in Tokyo: A bold reimagining of the ending

Irene Theorin (Turandot), Eri Nakamura (Liù) and Teodor Ilincăi (Calaf) © Masahiko Terashi / New National Theatre, Tokyo 2019
Alex Ollé focuses in the princess's trauma to provide a back story for Puccini’s problematic last opera; Eri Nakamura captivates the New National Theatre audience.
****1
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
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The New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) is Japan's only national theatre dedicated to the performing arts of opera, ballet, dance and drama. Since its inception in 1997, the NNTT has presented world-class performances both in and outside of Japan, and has come to occupy a familiar and much-loved place in the nation's cultural life. The NNTT comprises the Opera House (known as Opera Palace), Playhouse and The Pit, each of which uniquely contributes to an annual total of about 300 stage performances to the delight of approximately 200,000 theatregoers.