Japan Opera Promotion Foundation Rossini Tenor, one of the greatest contemporary tenors, John Osborne’s “Otello” made its debut in Japan! Bel Canto Opera Festival in Japan 2022

Japan Opera Foundation
“Otello” by John Osborne, one of the greatest Rossini tenors of our time, makes its debut in Japan! Bel Canto Opera Festival in Japan 2022 G. Rossini’s “Otello” opera in three acts – original language (Italian) with subtitles

-This winter’s hottest opera festival boasted by the traditional Italian “Valle d’Itria Music Festival” and the “Fujiwara Opera”-

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The Fujiwara Opera Company, which has the longest history in Japan, performing performances centered on Italian opera, and the Valle d’Itria Music Festival, which boasts tradition and formality in Italy, have partnered to nurture young people who will lead the next generation of opera. The Bel Canto Opera Festival in Japan will be held again this year, aiming for new creations.
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Every year, this festival invites singers who are active in Europe, the home of opera, to create high-level opera performances and concerts together with young Japanese singers. This year, from January 7th to January 22nd, 6 projects will be held at 4 venues centering on Teatro Giglio Showa. One of the most notable performances this year is G. Rossini’s opera “Otello” starring John Osborne. Internationally, there are few tenors who can sing the role of Otello. was realized with wonderful artists, including tenor singer John Osborne, who brilliantly overcomes the difficult problem.
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John Osborne, who plays Otello, is a tenor singer who has been acclaimed in theaters around the world. Leonor Bonigia, who plays the role of Desdemona, led the Japanese premiere of “Francesca da Rimini” composed by S. Mercadante to great success at the 1st Belcanto Festival in Japan. In addition, it continues to receive acclaim in theaters around the world. The gentle enveloping voice will surely captivate the Japanese audience. Conductor Iván López-Reynoso and director Luis Ernesto Donhas, who have been remarkably active in Europe and the United States, will also be visiting Japan for the first time. Up-and-coming artists Michele Angelini, Antonio
Mandurillo, and Toni Nezichu will also be visiting Japan for the first time, and G. Rossini’s “Otello” will be performed with a cast of the highest international standards.
In addition, there will be a master class by Artistic Director Carmen Santoro, a bel canto concert where young singers and collépetitors will demonstrate their achievements, and an opera “Gianni in Paris” composed by G. Donizetti. ” will be performed. There will also be a “BOF Special Gala Concert” where invited singers and singers from the Fujiwara Opera will deliver gems of arias and choruses. “Symposium” where the artistic directors of the Valle d’Itria Music Festival talk about Rossini and opera seria. A majestic “Baroque Concert” presented by a world-famous countertenor and Japan’s top bel canto soprano will be performed.

[Bel Canto Opera Festival in Japan 2022 Lineup]
G. Rossini’s “Otello” opera in three acts -Performance in original language (Italian) with subtitles-
■Schedule: Friday, January 20, 2023 / Sunday, January 22, 2023 Start at 14:00 / Doors open at 13:00 *The work will be explained at the venue from 13:15.
■ Venue: Teatro Giglio Showa
■Ticket price: SS seat 14,000 yen S seat 12,000 yen A seat 10,000 yen B seat 8,000 yen C seat 5,000 yen C seat 3,000 yen
*Wheelchair seats are available only at the Japan Opera Promotion Association Ticket Center.
*Please refrain from entering preschool children.
* Young freshman ticket: Half price for SS-A seats (under 25/limited number) * Disabled discount: 20% discount for SS-A seats (inquiry required / limited number of tickets)
■ Appearance:
Conductor: Iván Lopez-Reynoso
Directed by: Luis Ernesto Donas
Otello: John Osborne
Desdemona: Leonor Bonigia
Rodrigo: Michele Angelini
Yago: Antonio Mandurillo
Elmiro: Toni Nezichu
Emilia: Yasuko Fujii
Doge, Gondola Ride: Yasushi Watanabe
Lucio: Hirohiro Nishiyama
Chorus: Fujiwara Opera Chorus Club
Orchestra: The Opera Band
Art Direction: Chiara La Ferlita
Costumes: Eliza Cobello
Lighting: Camilla Piccioni
“BOF Special Gala Concert” Ticket
■ Schedule: January 16, 2023 (Monday) 18:30 start
■ Venue: Yuri Hall (Showa University of Music South School Building 5F) ■Ticket price: Non-reserved seat: 3,800 yen (tax included) Student ticket: 2,500 yen (tax included)
■ Appearance:
Soprano : Leonor Boniggia / Yunuet Laguna / Haru Ito / Akie Mitsuoka / Mezzo-soprano: Rei Matsuura
Countertenor: Ray Shenée
Tenor: Michele Angelini / Antonio Mandurrillo /
Baritone: Akihiro Oka
Bass-baritone: Hikaru Onodera
Bass : Toni Nejichu
Piano: Ikuko Asana Naoki Hayashi
■ Tracks:
Composed by V. Bellini: “I Capuleti e i Montecchi -Oh quante volte, oh quante” from the opera “The Capuleti and the Montecchi”
Composed by G.Donizetti : La fille du regiment -Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fete!

baroque concert
■ Schedule: January 21, 2023 (Sat) 18:30 start
■ Venue: Iino Hall
■Ticket price: Non-reserved seat: 5,000 yen (tax included) Student ticket: 2,500 yen (tax included)
■ Appearance:
Ray Shenée (countertenor)
A countertenor who has appeared many times at the Metropolitan Opera and is attracting a lot of attention around the world.
Possessing a vast range of repertoire, she sings both high notes and passages brilliantly.
Akie Mitsuoka (Soprano)
The world of baroque music sung by the prima donna of the Fujiwara Opera Company. We will deliver a different moment from Bel Canto. ■ Songs
Composed by G.F. Handel: “In the Shade of the Trees” from the opera “Serse” Serse – Ombra mai fu
Composed by N. Porpora: Polifemo – Alto Giove “The Great Jupiter” from the opera “Polifemo”
Composed by N. Porpora: Duet from the opera “Mitridate” “I feel this joy” Mitridate – duetto La gioia ch’io sento, etc.

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