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 ...

Henri Barda Piano Recital

Dec 12, 2008

Henri Barda Piano Recital

The veteran French pianist Henri Barda will hold a recital in Tokyo next week for the first time in six years. Born in 1941 and raised in Cairo, Barda’s prodigious talent was recognized when he was 6 years old by the Polish-immigrant pianist Ignace ...

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

Dec 5, 2008

Orchestra brings best of Venezuela's youth

The miraculous Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela will delight Japanese audiences during their first performances in this country, from Dec. 17 to 19. The SBYO, based in Caracas and conducted by young Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel, is well known for its highly advanced ...

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Dec 4, 2008

One wicked tale from the other Japanese puppets

Founded in 1635 by Youki Magosaburo I, Youkiza is the oldest marionette theater in Tokyo and the only remaining troupe among the five theaters from the Edo Period (1603-1867) — three kabuki and two marionette — that were officially recognized and financially supported by ...

A Flowering Tree

Nov 21, 2008

A Flowering Tree

American opera director Peter Sellars will stage the Japanese premiere of “A Flowering Tree” in Tokyo on Dec. 6. Although many people think of opera as old-fashioned, it has evolved with the times. With composers and directors pouring blood, sweat and tears into finding ...

Rossini revival lands in Japan

Nov 7, 2008

Rossini revival lands in Japan

The international “Rossini Opera Festival,” which has been held annually in August in Pesaro, Italy, will grace these shores for the first time this month. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868), one of Italy’s greatest composers, penned an astonishing 39 operas in his lifetime. However, many of ...

Nissay Theatre celebrates 45 years

Oct 24, 2008

Nissay Theatre celebrates 45 years

Nissay Theatre in Yurakucho, Tokyo, will present Leos Janacek’s opera “The Makropulos Case” on Nov. 20, 22 and 24 to mark the venue’s 45th anniversary. “Why Makropulos? Because the story is dramatic though scarcely known,” says Yasuo Niwa, the chief producer of the theater’s ...