Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009
Widely lauded for his work in European film and theater, Mario Martone directs the NNTT in a production of Verdi’s Otello, based on Shakespeare’s depiction of the tragic Moorish general. Wielding the baton will be young conductor Riccardo Frizza, whose rendition of Aida at the NNTT proved a smash. The formidable Stephen Gould stars as the eponymous hero, with Norma Fantini as his ill-fated wife Desdemona. Incidentally, the production marks Hiroshi Wakasugi’s last season as artistic director at the NNTT.
Classic tragedy by Verdi. Sep 20, 23 & 26, 2pm; Sep 29, 6:30pm; Oct 3, 2pm; Oct 6, 6:30pm, ¥1,500-¥26,250. New National Theatre Tokyo, Hatsudai. Tel: 03-5352-9999.