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Kazushi Ono to conduct new Anish Kapoor Simon Boccanegra

Kazushi Ono has revealed the 2023/2024 opera season at New National Theatre, Tokyo

In his role as Artistic Director of Opera at New National Theatre, Tokyo, Kazushi Ono this week introduced the 2023/2024 season. There will be nine operas, with Ono conducting a new production of Simon Boccanegra, directed by Pierre Audi with set design by Anish Kapoor (15–26 November 2023), as well as the return of David McVicar’s celebrated Tristan und Isolde (14–29 March 2024), first staged there in 2010/2011.

Ono described the new production of Simon Boccanegra: ‘To direct this work, we welcome Pierre Audi, who is currently the Artistic Director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The world-class cast includes Roberto Frontali in the title role of Boccanegra, Irina Lungu as Amelia, his daughter, eminent bass Riccardo Zanellato as Fiesco, and Luciano Ganci as Gabriele, Amelia’s lover. The drama, which centres on the conflict between the aristocracy and the plebians, and between Boccanegra and Amelia, will surely capture the audience’s hearts.’

He said of Tristan und Isolde: ‘David McVicar’s highly acclaimed production, which expresses ecstatic love and deep despair through light and darkness, will return to the NNTT stage. We have assembled a superlative cast: Eva-Maria Westbroek as Isolde, Torsten Kerl as Tristan, Egils Silins as Kurwenal, Wilhelm Schwinghammer as King Marke, and Fujimura Mihoko as Brangäne. We hope you will be immersed in the world of love without resolution, as symbolised by the Tristan chord.’


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