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Guide to the New National Theatre, Tokyo

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 approx. 200,000 theatregoers, including many from overseas. Furthermore, by providing other theatre groups with a performance venue, the NNTT contributes to the development of the stage arts in Japan, such performances numbering around 150 a year, and attended by over 100,000 people.
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Exciting new directions for Tokyo’s New National Theatre

Kazushi Ono brings his ties with cutting-edge directors to bear on the new season of opera, while National Ballet of Japan feature a strong programme.
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Verdi: Aida
Paolo Carignani; Franco Zeffirelli; New National Theatre; Ekaterina Semenchuk; Najmiddin Mavlyanov; Yasuo Horiuchi; Sae-Kyung Rim

TokyoSwan Lake

Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Asami Maki; Peter Cazalet

TokyoFidelioNew Production

Beethoven: Fidelio
Taijiro Iimori; Katharina Wagner; New National Theatre; Julius Semmelmann; Thomas Kaiser; Stephen Gould; Hiroshi Kuroda

TokyoThe Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Marius Petipa; Wayne Eagling; The National Ballet of Japan; Naoji Kawaguchi; Toer van Schayk; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Performance of Aida © Chikashi Saegusa
Performance of Aida
© Chikashi Saegusa
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Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Irina Lungu (Violetta) and Antonio Poli (Alfredo) © Terashi Masahiko | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Tokyo's New National Theatre is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary season with three new productions and revivals of their most popular productions including Vincent Boussard’s minimal yet colourful Traviata.
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An enchanting Barber visits Tokyo

Maxim Mironov ("Lindoro") and Dalibor Jenis (Figaro) © Terashi Masahiko
New National Theatre Tokyo hosts a stylish and humorous Il barbiere di Siviglia. 
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La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo

Act I © Masahiko Terashi
La bohème at the New National Theatre Tokyo, performed by a fine cast and orchestra.
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A rather conventional Werther in Tokyo

Dmitry Korchak (Werther) © New National Theatre, Tokyo | Terashi Masahiko
This new production of Massenet’s Werther in Tokyo suffered multiple personnel changes even before it opened... 
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