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PRESS RELEASE

No.she025September 9, 2021

HALL OPERA® VERDI: LA TRAVIATA
October 7 and 9, 2021 at Suntory Hall, Tokyo

Suntory Hall presents Hall Opera® performances of Verdi’s La Traviata (in Italian with Japanese surtitles) on October 7 and 9 2021, as part of its 35th anniversary programme.

Hall Opera® was a new way of staging opera devised by Suntory Hall, and it has formed an important part of the hall’s history. This autumn, after an absence of five years, Hall Opera® returns in a staging of Verdi’s La Traviata (The Woman Gone Astray), led by distinguished Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti. He conducted Hall Opera® from 2004 to 2010 and gave many memorable performances.
Luisotti, who served as Music Director of the San Francisco Opera from 2009 to 2018, is a frequent guest at Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, Vienna State Opera, and Teatro Real. Prior to his visit to Japan in October, he will be conducting Falstaff and La Traviata at the Vienna State Opera. Suntory Hall is eager to welcome him back on stage to lead Verdi’s much-loved masterpiece.
Violetta is sung by Czech soprano Zuzana Marková, who has quickly established herself in opera houses around the world with a focus on Italian bel canto roles. Acclaimed for the beauty of her tone and sophisticated technique, she has made Violetta one of her signature roles, having recently sung it at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and Atlanta Opera for her US debut.
Tenor Francesco Demuro, who made his Japanese debut as Ferrando in the Hall Opera® production of Così fan tutte in 2010, returns in the role of Alfredo. With his warm, mellow voice with a bright top and his passionate singing, he is a perfect Alfredo. The role of Germont is sung by Polish baritone Artur Ruciński, who is regularly invited to work with Gergiev and Barenboim and enjoys the trust of Luisotti. Suntory Hall is delighted to present these top international artists in this Hall Opera® production.

The supporting roles will be cast from young Japanese singers who trained at the Suntory Hall Opera Academy or Biwako Hall Vocal Ensemble, and are now enjoying a career on the international stage. The orchestra is the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, who together with Luisotti created the history of the Hall Opera®. The staging, directed by Michiko Taguchi, who has had many years of experience in European theatres, will consist of simple stage sets but with effective use of video and lighting to highlight the emotional drama of the characters.

Featured page of “Hall Opera® Verdi: La traviata” can be found at the following:
https://www.suntory.com/culture-sports/suntoryhall/article/detail/000667.html

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