New Production of “Die tote Stadt” at the New National Theatre of Tokyo




Die tote Stadt

    • 2013/2014 Season
    • [New Production]
      Erich Wolfgang Korngold : Die tote Stadt
      Opera in 3 Acts
      Sung in German with Japanese Supertitles

    March 12 March 15 March 18 March 21 March 24
    Wednesday Saturday Tuesday Friday Monday

Otaka Tadaaki chose Die tote Stadt by Erich Wolfgang Korngold as one of the works to unveil as a new production during his fourth season as Artistic Director. Korngold was a composer who was buffeted by the winds of his era. In 1920, when Korngold was age 23, he enjoyed great success with his opera Die tote Stadt, but soon after fled Austria for America. There Korngold worked on Hollywood film scores, a fact which led to his being ostracized from the world of classical music in the post-war years; he lived out his later years in relative obscurity. In Germany, performance of Korngold’s music was prohibited by the Nazis, and for a time he was largely forgotten. But starting in the 1970s, there has been a reappraisal and growing appreciation of his work in the US and Europe. His operas started to be performed once again, and his music has been featured in a large number of concerts and recordings.

This production was directed by Kasper Holten. The NNTT has rented the stage art and costumes for the production from the Finnish National Opera (Helsinki). Holten productions are based on clear-cut interpretations, yet display a distinctive sense of style. He is recognized as one of the most dynamic directors on the world scene. Mr. Holten has served as Director of London’s Royal Opera since the start of their 2012/2013 season. Conducting the opera will be Jaroslav Kyzlink, making his return to the NNTT. He gave a much-lauded performance on the podium for the 2011 production of Rusalka. Die tote Stadt is not frequently performed, due in part to the difficulty of the main parts for soprano and tenor. In these roles we are proud to present Torsten Kerl as Paul, and Meagan Miller as Marie/Marietta. The role of Frank/Fritz will be sung by Thomas Johannes Mayer.


Conductor : Jaroslav Kyzlink
Production : Kasper Holten
Scenery Design : Es Devlin
Costume Design : Katrina Lindsay
Lighting Design : Wolfgang Gobbel

Jaroslav Kyzlink

Kasper Holten


Paul : Torsten Kerl
Marietta/Marie : Meagan Miller
Frank/Fritz : Thomas Johannes Mayer
Brigitta : Yamashita Makiko
Gaston/Victorin : Ohara Keiroh
Juliette : Hirai Kaori
Graf Albert : Itoga Shuhei
Lucienne : Ono Wakako

Chorus : New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra : Tokyo Symphony Orchestra


Torsten Kerl

Meagan Miller

Thomas Johannes Mayer

Yamashita Makiko

Ohara Keiroh
New National Theatre Foundation
1-1-1 Hon-machi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
151-0071, Japan
Tel. +81-3-5351-3011
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