Children's voices soothe Iwate survivors

Apr 22, 2011

Children's voices soothe Iwate survivors

As survivors from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami sat in evacuation centers across Iwate Prefecture on March 19, support came from a surprising source. Amid the steady flow of information from the radio, a children’s choir began singing. The song they sang was ...

Nov 19, 2010

Japanese pianist touts the sounds of Spain

Japanese pianist Shizuka Shimoyama and Slovakian cellist Ludovit Kanta will bring the culture of Spain to Tokyo next week. Shimoyama says it is something that has been lacking. “Despite many impressive pieces, Spanish music has not been included in Japan’s music-education curriculum,” says Shimoyama, ...

Soprano Jaho insists the show will go on

Sep 17, 2010

Soprano Jaho insists the show will go on

When experiencing the drama of the opera, it’s rare that an audience gets to witness the drama of an individual performer. However, that was the case with Elmonera Jaho at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama on Sept. 12, the opening day of “La ...

Candide

Jul 30, 2010

Candide

The life of U.S. conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) is being feted in Japan with the performance of his masterpiece, “Candide,” under the baton of Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado, one of Berstein’s pupils, in collaboration with Canadian director Robert Carsen. “This satire was born from ...

SEIJI OZAWA: Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto

| Jul 2, 2010

SEIJI OZAWA: Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto

The Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto will be world- renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa’s first performance since January, following his diagnosis with esophageal cancer. Thanks to prompt treatment, the maestro is due to recover in time for the annual music event that he founded in 1992. ...

Cost-cutting brings classics to the masses

Apr 2, 2010

Cost-cutting brings classics to the masses

“Rather than managing an opera house, I wanted to create a ‘structure’ for a new event,” says French producer Rene Martin in a book published in Japan last month titled “How a Classical Music Festival Gathered 1 Million People.” After being inspired by the ...

Israeli confronts past by mastering Wagner

Mar 12, 2010

Israeli confronts past by mastering Wagner

Rising Israeli conductor Dan Ettinger will complete, in Tokyo in March, his first series of performances of “The Ring of the Nibelung,” a cycle of four linked operas by 19th-century composer Richard Wagner. Wagner’s music has been unofficially forbidden to be performed in Israel. ...

Suntory Hall closes opera series with racy tale from Mozart

Feb 26, 2010

Suntory Hall closes opera series with racy tale from Mozart

“Cosi fan tutte” (“Women are like that”), composed in 1790, was regarded as an immoral tale of fiancee swapping during the 19th century. While it offended sensibilities then, today the work is considered one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most sophisticated operas, and it will ...