Summer Festival Opera

Summer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World

The Summer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World is a 2-year international opera project developed by theTokyo Bunka Kaikan and the New National Theatre, Tokyo, in cooperation with the leading theaters in the regions,in line with the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

In 2019, we will present TURANDOT (Puccini) which is set in Asia (China). It will be directed by Alex Olle, theartistic director of La Fura dels Baus, the theatre company that directed the opening ceremony of the BarcelonaOlympics. The project was conceived by Maestro Kazushi Ono, musical director of the Barcelona SymphonyOrchestra. It is also a big topic that this orchestra will visit Japan for the first time in 24 years and play in the pit.

In 2020, we will present DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG (Wagner). A grand festival opera, with TokyoBunka Kaikan, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Salzburg Easter Festival and Semperoper Dresden performed as aninternational co-production. The Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra which is the legacy of the Tokyo 1964Olympic Games will perform again in the pit to boost the year 2020.

General Producer / Conductor ‐ ONO Kazushi

General Producer O N O K a z u s h i
It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce the “Summer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World”.

The opera industry of Japan will join forces to present to the world this large-scale project, the first of its class in the history of opera in Japan, in the year of the Olympics, 2020. As a member of the Tokyo Arts and Culture Committee. I advocated the 
“production of opera originated in Tokyo, with the participation of people from around the world”, as a cultural program. This has finally become a reality.
Today we announce two new opera productions:Puccini’s TURANDOT in 2019 and Wagner’s DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG.
TURANDOT takes place in the Asian continent and its main character is a Chinese princess. DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG takes place in the European continent. The intent to connect the world through the “opera-net” is reflected in these choices.
We have invited 2 directors who are presently taking the world of opera by storm. The cast will be a combination of top singers of the world and selected Japanese talent. In other words, a first-class lineup.
We are sure there will be no shortage of interesting topics like this.
It is worth mentioning that this project is a coproduction between the New National Theatre, Tokyo and the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. This will be the first collaborative effort between these two pillars that have been building the foundation of Japan’s performing arts. They will be working together on this special occasion to create these operas.
It can be said that this is an opera co-production between the Tokyo Metropolitan government and the government of Japan. The two theaters have already been working hand in hand in the production of the operas. I am overtaken by strong emotions by watching this collaboration.

In cooperation with other leading theatres out of Tokyo TURANDOT will be presented in BIWAKO HALL and the Sapporo Cultural Arts Theater. DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG is also planned to be presented in another venue.
The project is steadily moving forward, supported by an immense energy. Nothing will make me happier than sharing the outcome of this project will all of you.

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