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Update on May 2, 2023 (Tue)

In July, the TPO will collaborate with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung in Verdi’s Otello in concert style. Maestro Chung talks about this Verdi’s masterpiece.

Verdi was a great admirer of Shakespeare. Macbeth, Otello,
and Falstaff, have been adapted into his opera works.

 Otello, I have a long history nearly 40 years. It is quite astonishing that his last two operas are so different. One is so full of passion and physical strength, which was astonishing because Verdi wrote this in his 70s. In its own way, it is also a sort of a mountain top of opera music, and of course what links them in a way is the Shakespeare and Verdi’s love for Shakespeare.
In that way, Verdi always needed to be inspired by the libretto and the text, and it is example how in an opera so many elements must come together to produce something special. And I think combination of Shakespeare and Verdi is pretty special.

Maestro Chung not only conducted but stage-directed Falstaff for our subscription concerts in October, 2022 to great acclaim. He has made "the first comedy to conduct in his life" into a superb stage production. ©Takafumi ueno

July Subscription Concerts

July 23, Sun 15:00 start (14:15 open)
Bunkamura Orchard Hall
July 27, Thu 19:00 start (18:15 open)
Tokyo Opera City (Concert Hall)
July 31, Mon 19:00 start (18:15 open)
Suntory Hall (Main Hall)

Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung (Honorary Music Director)
Otello: Gregory Kunde
Desdemona: Atsuko Kobayashi
Iago: Dalibor Jenis
Lodovico: Hajime Aizawa
Cassio: Francesco Marsiglia
Emilia: Ikuko Nakajima
Roderigo: Toshiaki Murakami
Montano: Takashi Aoyama
A Herald: Junbo Tang
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus

Verdi: Opera "Otello" in concert style

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