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30 March 2005

Seiji Ozawa Inaugurates Tokyo Opera Nomori with Elektra; Outlines Future Seasons

Seiji Ozawa inaugurated his new Tokyo-based opera company, Tokyo Opera Nomori, with a performance of Richard Strauss' Elektra, in Tokyo earlier this month. The event was a co-production with the Maggio Musicale Festival in Florence, Italy, United Press International reports.

The event came as part of a ten-day all-Strauss event, which also featured a concert by the Tokyo Opera Nomori Orchestra with the Alpine Chorus and soprano Ricarda Merberh.

The production was directed by Robert Carsen and starred Deborah Polsaki, Agnes Baltsa, Christine Goerke and Franz Grundheber.

Ozawa, who is also music director of the Vienna State Opera, has announced plans for the new company through its 2008 season. It will feature productions including Otello in 2006, in a co-production with the Vienna State Opera, Tannhauser in 2007 and Eugene Onegin in 2008.

"For a long time it's been my dream to establish an opera company in Japan," Ozawa told United Press International. "My goal with Tokyo Opera Nomori is to create a company comprised of Japanese musicians, together with world-class singers, where the productions would originate in Japan," Ozawa continued.

More information can be found at PlaybillArts.com and the New Straits Times

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