Suntory Hall in 'ruins' for Mozart production

Mar 6, 2009

Suntory Hall in 'ruins' for Mozart production

Showing me a sketch of the set of Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni,” executive producer Keiko Manabe, who has led Suntory Hall’s opera projects since 1989, explains the new production’s concept. “Suntory Hall looks as if it is in ruins. Isn’t it interesting?” declares Manabe, ...

Dancing to the rhythm of destruction

Mar 6, 2009

Dancing to the rhythm of destruction

Listening to echoes of the dead through sound art and experimental dance, the audience at a poignant artistic event on March 10 will experience for themselves something of the infamous Tokyo Fire Bombing of World War II when — at 00:08 on March 10, ...

Rebuilding sacred secrets of ancient Omi Province

Feb 15, 2009

Rebuilding sacred secrets of ancient Omi Province

Tourists might be attracted by Japanese temples and their gardens, but have you ever thought what it takes to preserve their timeless beauty? Recent encounters in Shiga Prefecture certainly brought home to me the enormous effort required to pass age-old traditions down through generations. ...

A variation on a Bach classic

Feb 13, 2009

A variation on a Bach classic

Although most music is in a constant state of change, Spanish pianist Isidro Barrio will create a bigger stir than most when he presents his variation of the “Goldberg Variations” in Tokyo on Feb. 17. Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece, comprising 30 variations and originally ...

Feb 6, 2009

'La Traviata' reworked for Tokyo opera

Aiming to portray a woman with pain hidden inside a gorgeous dress, director Amon Miyamoto will stage a new production of the opera “La Traviata” (“The Woman Who Strayed”) in Tokyo in collaboration with Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre. This masterpiece by the great Italian ...

Jan 23, 2009

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

“During these five years, we have often tackled contemporary works,” says Austrian conductor Christian Arming, music director of the New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) since 2003. “I believe that broadened our horizon.” Born in Vienna, Arming, 37, studied at the city’s University of Music and ...

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

Jan 23, 2009

Vienna's Arming strikes the right note

“During these five years, we have often tackled contemporary works,” says Austrian conductor Christian Arming, music director of the New Japan Philharmonic (NJP) since 2003. “I believe that broadened our horizon.” Born in Vienna, Arming, 37, studied at the city’s University of Music and ...

Pianist Kawai seeks out the real Chopin

Jan 9, 2009

Pianist Kawai seeks out the real Chopin

“I had the sense I was on a mission when I decided to do this project,” recounts Poland-based Japanese pianist Yuko Kawai, who has been introducing authentic versions of the works of Chopin (1810-49) — as restored in musical scores published as the National ...

Film project delivers 'live' operas from U.K.

Dec 12, 2008

Film project delivers 'live' operas from U.K.

Performances by two acclaimed U.K. opera ensembles — Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Royal Opera House — will take place in movie theaters nationwide from Dec. 20 as the opening features of U.K. Opera @ Cinema, which is being presented by Sony Corp. A ...