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The Fujiwara Opera NEXT Program
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Opera in act 2 New production
In the original language(French) with Japanese supertitles
Le COMTE ORY
Music by Gioachino Rossini
31th January (Fri) 18：30 Start
2nd Feburary （Sun） 15：00 Start
Place：Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Production Director：Hiroyuki OKAYAMA
Stage Director：Shigetaka MATSUMOTO
|La Comtesse Adele||Mieko SATO||Akie MITSUOKA|
|Le Gouverneur||Kang-Liang Peng （Single）|
|Isolier||Yumiko KONO||Rei MATSUURA|
|Raimbaud||Masanobu SHIBAYAMA||Kenji MORIGUCHI|
|Dame Ragonde||Mayumi MAKINO||IKUE YOSHIDA|
|Alice||Rie SHIMIZU||Ayane MIYAMOTO|
Chorus Master／Katsuhiko ABE
Chorus／Fujiwara Opera Chorus Groupe
Orchestra／Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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The Fujiwara Opera
The Fujiwara Opera was founded by Yoshie Fujiwara in 1934. Together with singers and production staff representing the operatic field in Japan, Fujiwara lead the troupe and performed Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Hibiya Town Hall in June. As the very first full-scale opera organization in Japan, they have continued to energetically commit themselves to performance activities. Including several Japanese premieres, they have a repertoire of over 70 operas. Focusing on Italian opera works, they have successfully captured a wide variety of audience.
Yoshie Fujiwara, who was also a popular tenor and had sung in many performances, took leadership of the Fujiwara Opera for 38 years as the first General Director and left remarkable achievements as the pioneer in the Japanese operatic field. Also celebrated bass-baritone Keisuke Shimoyakawa, who founded the Fujiwara Opera together with Yoshie Fujiwara and had been his collaborator since their company’s first performance, succeeded to the second General Director and manager of the company in 1972, based on the request of Yoshie Fujiwara. Kyosuke Shimoyakawa was in charge of production from 1978 to 1984. Kiyoshi Igarashi, top tenor of the company singing lead roles in many of its productions, was appointed third General Director in 1985.
With Kiyoshi Igarashi as its General Director, Fujiwara Opera began focusing on the popularization of operas by concentrating on opera masterpieces. In addition to singers, they appointed music and stage-related staff such as conductors and directors etc. from other countries and aimed at producing top-class international stage. From 1986 they began employing supertitles. All these efforts resulted in amazing success. They have receive high acclaim in pieces such as “La Forza del Destino”, “Andrea Chenier”, “Norma”, “La Favorita” which have been regarded as difficult masterpieces to perform in Japan, and have contributed greatly to the improvement and development of the opera field in Japan.
With the opening of the New National Theatre in 1997, the Fujiwara Opera has worked on joint productions with the Theatre at a regular basis. Joint productions include the following: 1998 “Nabucco”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, 1999 “Madama Butterfly”, 2000 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, “Don Quichotte”, “Eugene Onegin”, 2001 “Don Carlo”, 2002 “Carmen”, 2003 “La Boheme”.
In July 1999, Kiyoshi Igarashi was appointed Artistic Director of the Opera Department of the New National Theatre. Thus, Kyosuke Shimoyakawa (The Japan Opera Foundation Permanent Board Member) was appointed head of production for the second time. Ever since, the company has worked on masterpieces such as “La Traviata” and “Madama Butterfly” etc. , but has also produced “Il Campiello”, “I Capuleti e I Montecchi”, “Il Turco in Italia“ which have seldom been seen on stage and has received much critical acclaim. In September 2003, Hiroyuki Okayama, an active bass singer performing in many productions, has been appointed Production Director.
In April 1981, the Fujiwara Opera was consolidated with the Japan Opera Association and as a result, The Japan Opera Foundation was founded. Fujiwara Opera became an operation division within the corporate structure responsible for western operas. In such way, the name was passed on within the Foundation together with its long history and tradition. The Japan Opera Foundation has won the Minister of Education Award in 1984 (music category) for the outstanding performances offered by the Fuijwara Opera and Japan Opera Association. In 1986, The Fujiwara Opera received the Mobil Music Award in the western music category.
The 9th Mitsubishi Trust Prize for Musical Art was given to the Fujiwara Opera for its
“Macbeth” performance in February 2001 (prize given in 2001 for performances
offered in fiscal year 2000).