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Subject: Gruberova "Roberto Devereux" in Tokyo; Operas in Greater Tokyo
From: NAKAMURA Akira <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:NAKAMURA Akira <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:00:20 +0900

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While it seems as if everyone on the list was writing about Anna
Bolena at the Met, another belcanto masterpiece by Donizetti, namely,
Roberto Devereux is performed in Japan by the Bavarian State Opera.

I attended its second performance on September 27.  Before I review,
let me correct one factual error that I made (there may be more....)
in my review of "Roberto Devereux" in Yokohama.  There I erroneously
wrote that [Gruberova] would be 66, but of course Edita Gruberova is
still 64 years young.  Mea maxima culpa!

Date: September 27, 2011
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno, Tokyo

Conductor: Friedrich Haider

Elisabetta: Edita Gruberova
Il duca di Nottingham: Devid Cecconi, replacing an ill Paolo Gavanelli
Sara: Sonia Ganassi
Roberto Devereux: Alexey Dolgov, replacing an ill José Bros
Lord Cecil: Francesco Petrozzi
Sir Gualtiero Raleigh: Steven Humes
Paggio & Famigliare: Nikolay Borchev

Staged by: Christof Loy
Set and costume design: Herbert Murauer
Lighting design: Reinhard Traub
Chorus master: Sören Eckhoff

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper

The cast is identical to the September 23 performance.  The only major
difference is that the venue moved from Yokohama to Tokyo.

If Edita Gruberova used more dramatic chest voice in Yokohama, she was
particularly impressive in her use of sublimely beautiful pianissimi
in Tokyo.  I love both performances equally well, but Gruberova was
subtly different.  Even an avowed Gruberova fanatic like myself could
not help being awed by her amazing performance.  I have heard many
sopranos twenty years her junior who do not sound as fresh as
Gruberova does.  I hear she has been studying with a new voice teacher
and that she has found new techniques that enable her to sing fresh!

BTW, while lots of opera companies visit Japan from abroad, we do have
very active opera companies in Japan, too.

The following are some opera performances that will be performed by
(predominantly) Japanese singers in Greater Tokyo area.

October 8. Poulenc "La Voix Humaine" & Menotti "Telephone" at Yokohama
Minato Mirai Hall
October 8 & 9. Verdi "Falstaff" at Showa Ongaku Daigaku
October 31, November 2 & 5. Puccini "Tosca" at Tonakai
November 11 & 13, Mozart "Così fan tutte" at Hokutopia
November 19 & 20. Mozart "Die Zauberflöte" at Showa Ongaku Daigaku
November 20 & 23. Mayuzumi Toshiro "Kojiki (Tage der Götter)" at Tokyo
Bunka Kaikan
November 23, 24, 26 & 27. Mozart ”Don Giovanni" at Nissay Theatre
November 24. Mozart "Don Giovanni" at Shinjuku Bunka Center
January 14 & 15. Prokofiev "Betrothal in a Monastery" at the
Playhouse, New National Theatre
February 12. Rossini "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Fuchu-no Mori Geijutsu Gekijo
February 17, 18 & 19. Verdi "Nabucco" at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
February 25, Rossini "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Kanagawa Kemmin Hall
March 3 & 4. Mozart "Le Nozze di Figaro" at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
March 18 & 20. Rossini "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
March 24 & 25. Wagner "Tannhäuser" at Kanagawa Kemmin Hall
March 31. Rossini "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at Sun City Hall

Plus, there are opera performances by the New National Theatre Tokyo,
whose 2011/12 season will open shortly with "Il Trovatore."

Nakamura Akira
Tokyo/Los Angeles

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