Celebrating the start of the Games
The world's first stage performance fusing the intangible eastern and western cultural assets of kabuki and opera.
KABUKI × OPERA “Luminous, The Lord”
presented by ENEOS
Date and time：18 April 2020 from 17:00
Venue：Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
The first theme is “Celebrating the Start of the Games”, which will kick off in April 2020. The stage on which the performances will take place will feature different aspects of “integration and coexistence between western and eastern cultures and a comparison between the traditional and the modern” – a new cultural initiative that which will be the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Ichikawa Ebizo Ⅺ
- It is an honor and a privilege to be given an opportunity to celebrate the opening of the Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival by performing in KABUKI x OPERA “Luminous, The Lord”.
- This year, with the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Japan will be attracting a lot of attention worldwide. As for myself, also this year, I will succeed to the name of Ichikawa Danjuro XIII, Hakuen. I am joyous as well as motivated to deliver an unforgettable performance on a prominent stage during this major milestone in my life.
- I will be performing with world-renowned opera singers, Anna Pirozzi and Erwin Schrott, as well as Jordi Bernàcer, the conductor, who are of the same generation as myself. Both Kabuki and Opera are performing arts with their own histories that span more than 400 years. As the inheritors of these Western and Eastern performance cultures, I look forward to this new journey of our creative collaboration.
- Please join us for this very special performance of KABUKI x OPERA “Luminous, The Lord”.
- Ebizo was born in Tokyo, the eldest son of Ichikawa Danjūrō XII. His debut performance was in 1983 where he played the role of “Togu” (emperor) in “The Tales of Genji.” In 1985 he received the Kabuki stage name of Ichikawa Shinnosuke VII for his performance as “Kikanbo” in “Uiro-uri” at the Kabukiza Theatre in Tokyo. In 2004 he received his current stage name, Ichikawa Ebizo XI. He is the eleventh holder of the Ebizo name which has been passed down through the Ichikawa family since the early Edo period.
Hoping to reintroduce the value of traditional Japanese arts to future generations, he produces his own shows including “ABKAI” and “An Invitation to the Classics”. He also performed at the Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris in 2004. His other overseas performances have included London and Amsterdam (2006), Paris (2007), Monaco (2009), London and Rome (2010), Singapore (2014, 2015), the United Arab Emirates (2016), and New York (2016). In 2006, he was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award, and in 2007 he was awarded the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French nation.
Ebizo was also nominated for the Best Actor Award at the 37th Japanese Academy Awards in 2014 for his performance in “Ask This of Rikyu”. He is also a member of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee for Culture and Education. In May 2020, he will succeed the stage name Ichikawa Danjuro Hakuen as the thirteenth holder, which has similarly been inherited through generations since the early Edo period.
Since her debut in 2012 at the Teatro Regio in Turin as Amelia in Ballo in Maschera, Anna Pirozzi has confirmed herself as the most electrifying dramatic soprano of her generation, inspiring the leading Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera to call her “an extraordinary dramatic coloratura soprano that in time will be able to place herself in the footsteps of Anita Cerquetti, the greatest dramatic soprano of coloratura from 1945 to today.“
Anna Pirozzi made her international debut at the Salzburg Festival in the summer of 2013 under the musical direction of Riccardo Muti in the part of Abigaille in Nabucco, one of her flagship roles. Since then, she has performed on the world’s most important stages : at the Arena di Verona, at Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía of Valencia, at the NCPA Beijing, at the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, at the Opera Theatres in Leipzig and Stuttgart, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Teatro Communale di Firenze, at the Sanxay Festival, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Opéra National de Paris, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, and many others
Erwin Schrott has performed to international acclaim in the world´s most prestigious opera theatres such as Milan´s Teatro alla Scala, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Hamburg State Opera, the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, the Teatro Communale di Firenze, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and many others.
Born in Montevideo, Schrott started his operatic career at the age of 22 as Roucher in Andrea Chénier. He won international competitions such as “Carlos Gomez” and, “Juventudes Musicales” before winning the “Operalia” competition. From there, a dazzling career followed, with him making debuts in one major opera house after another in quick succession.
- Programme title
- KABUKI x OPERA “Luminous, The Lord” presented by ENEOS
- Date and time
- 18 April 2020 from 17:00 (one-night only performance)
- Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (Sendagaya 1-17-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
- Kabuki performance combined with Opera
- Ichikawa Ebizo XI, Kabuki actor (Japan)
Anna Pirozzi, Soprano (Italy)
Erwin Schrott, Bass-baritone (Uruguay)
- Fujima Kanjuro VIII (The Soke Fujima-ryu)
- Jordi Bernàcer
- Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra