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No.she046May 30, 2024

Commemorative Concert of the 53rd Suntory Music Award
Yoshimichi Hamada, Conductor & Recorder
Handel’s Rinaldo

Suntory Hall presents the Commemorative Concert of the 53rd Suntory Music Award on August 17 2024. Yoshimichi Hamada, the 2021 award winner, will conduct a staged performance of Handel’s early masterpiece Rinaldo.

The annual Suntory Music Award, initiated in 1969, is presented to individuals or ensembles for notable contributions to the development of Western-style music in Japan. Yoshimichi Hamada, internationally recognised as a recorder and cornett player, has in recent years turned his attention to conducting early operas, from Monteverdi and Caccini to the operas of Baroque era with his early music orchestra “Anthonello”.

In this performance of Rinaldo, Hamada will not only conduct, but also take part in the ensemble as a recorder player, displaying his virtuosity. The outstanding cast includes leading countertenor Tadashi Miroku in the title role (one of four countertenors in this performance), and two sopranos, Shiho Nakagawa (Almirena) and Miki Nakayama (Armida). No doubt many will be familiar with Almirena’s heart-stopping aria “Lascia chi’o pianga” in Act II, one of many attractive moments in the opera.

Rinaldo will be presented as a staged performance directed by Keiichi Nakamura, with projections, lighting, costumes and dance, and performed in Italian with Japanese surtitles. Based on his deep and highly original interpretation of the score, Hamada is sure to conjure up an exciting stage full of unpredictability, flexibility, and improvisation.

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