Kabuki meets opera at the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival 

Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI
Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo XI

International opera singers to perform in collaboration with renowned Japanese Kabuki actor

The event is part of programme theme "Celebrating the start of the Games" - which is one of the four programmes of the Tokyo 2020 Nippon Festival.

In "Luminous, The Lord", Ebizo XI will team up with Anna Pirozzi, the great Italian soprano singer on her first performance in Japan. They will be joined by Erwin Schrott, one of the youngest opera stars in the world today. Other talented Kabuki actors will also take part. The show will be accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and will be conducted by the Spanish conductor Jordi Bernàcer.

Just one month after this performance, Ebizo XI will become the 13th Danjuro Hakuen in May 2020, following his father's footsteps. Danjuro is a highly prestigious stage name passed down from the Ichikawa family since the Edo period in the 16th century.

In "Luminous, The Lord", this never-before-seen unique performance of Kabuki with an opera will feature world-renowned Ebizo Ichikawa XI, who is a Kabuki actor and plays a prominent role in promoting Kabuki to modern audiences. He has received the prestigious French Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and has also been nominated for the Laurence Olivier award.

Kabuki was named by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity in 2005.

Entitled 'KABUKI x OPERA "Luminous, The Lord", this reimagining and fusion of eastern and western theatrical traditions, will be staged on 18 April at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Shibuya, setting the tone for upcoming festival events to welcome the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The art form of Kabuki and western style Opera will be the opening act of the Tokyp 2020 Nippon Festival in April, which will kick off celebrations for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

KABUKI x OPERA "Luminous, The Lord" presented by ENEOS

Performance Overview: Kabuki performance combined with Opera

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 17: 00 (planned) * 1 day only

Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (Address: 17-1 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Performers: Ebizo Ichikawa XI, Kabuki actor; Anna Pirozzi, Soprano; Erwin Schrott, Bass-baritone singer, and others

Direction: Kanjuro Fujima VIII, head of the Soke-Fujima-Ryu (Nihon Buyo dance)

Conductor: Jordi Bernàcer

Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra