The New National Theatre of Tokyo will perform “Carmen”





    • 2013/2014 Season
    • Georges Bizet: Carmen
      Opera in 3 Acts
      Sung in French with Japanese Supertitles

    January 19 January 22 January 26 January 29 February 1
    Sunday Wednesday Sunday Wednesday Saturday

This NNTT repertory production was directed by Uyama Hitoshi. This latest incarnation will be conducted by the dynamic Ainars Rubikis, making his NNTT debut. Mr. Rubikis has been serving as Music Director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre since 2012. Carmen will be sung by Ketevan Kemoklidze, a young singer who is gaining much notice of late. Ms. Kemoklidze is a popular mezzo soprano who combines fine singing abilities, good looks, and acting skills. This production marks her much-anticipated debut in the title role. The role of Don José will be sung by Gaston Rivero, who has performed the role with both the l’Opera de Lausanne on their Japan tour and with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Hamada Rie will sing Micaëla, reprising the role that earned her favorable notice during the previous run of Carmen here at NNTT.


Conductor : Ainars Rubikis
Production : Uyama Hitoshi
Scenery Design : Shima Jiro
Costume Design : Ogata Kikuko
Lighting Design : Sawada Yuji
Choreographer : Ishii Jun

Ainars Rubikis

Uyama Hitoshi


Carmen : Ketevan Kemoklidze
Don Jose : Gaston Rivero
Escamillo : Dmitry Ulyanov
Micaela : Hamada Rie
Zuniga : Tsumaya Hidekazu
Morales : Masu Takashi
Le Dancaire : Tani Tomohiro
Le Remendado : Ono Mitsuhiko
Frasquita : Hirai Kaori
Mercedes : Shimizu Kasumi

Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Symphony Orchestra


Ketevan Kemoklidze

(Don Jose)
Gaston Rivero

Dmitry Ulyanov

Hamada Rie

Tsumaya Hidekazu


A cigarette factory girl, Carmen, admired by men of the town, takes an interest in Don José, who is indifferent to her, and seeks to win his attention by tossing him a rose. Although he loves Micaëla, he soon becomes captivated by Carmen and is persuaded to desert the Army and throw in his lot with smugglers. But Carmen becomes disillusioned with José and gives her heart to the toreador Escamillo. In front of the bullring, from which loud cheering can be heard, José, consumed by jealous rage, stabs Carmen in the heart.

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