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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 approximately 200,000 theatregoers.
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TokyoGiulio Cesare in Egitto

Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Rinaldo Alessandrini; Laurent Pelly; New National Theatre; Chantal Thomas; Mari Moriya; Etsuko Kanoh

TokyoLes Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Marko Letonja; Philippe Arlaud; New National Theatre; Andrea Uhmann; Leonardo Capalbo; Yoko Yasui

TokyoDon Quixote

Don Quixote
Minkus: Don Quixote
Marius Petipa; Alexander Gorsky; The National Ballet of Japan; Alexei Baklan; Vyacheslav Okunev; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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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.
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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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