In an interview ahead his new production of Boris Godunov at New National Theatre, Tokyo, director Mariusz Treliński discusses his work with Kazushi Ono and his thoughts about the opera, which opens on 15 November.
He says: ‘Kazushi Ono is undoubtedly a great personality and an extremely humble man. Holistic, total thinking is characteristic for his work. The opera, despite its three-hour duration, is a unity for him. The dramaturgy of the whole, the leading of a single ascending line, becomes crucial. The second important thing is his highly original approach to Russian music. While preserving its originality and distinctiveness, Ono opposes its sentimentalism and tendentious emotionality. This gives it a completely different supranational character. It is very close to me, and I was looking forward to this meeting, having in mind many of my past performances with Russian conductors.’
Read the full interview here.