Japanese baritone Haruhisa Handa, also the chairman of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC), invited fellow opera singers to the New National Theatre, Tokyo, on Monday to entertain an audience of about 900.

Conal Coad, a bass from New Zealand, Hiroko Onuki, a Japanese soprano and John Longmuir, a Scottish tenor joined the one-night performance to sing songs from the well-known operas, "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Elixir of Love," "Le Boheme" and "Nabucco." The four singers also performed the songs of "Carmina Burana."

The performance was part of the "Blazing Autumn People's Concert," a free concert program, held by the Tokyo Art Foundation (TAF) in cooperation with IFAC, and was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as well as by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Some 1,000 audience were selected by lottery from about 5,800 applicants. In addition, the program was also distributed for free on Ustream, viewed by 7,947.