Opera: “A Florentine Tragedy” & “Gianni Schicchi”
For this performance, New National Theatre Tokyo has put together an intriguing double-bill of one-act operas, both set in Florence. Zemlinsky’s “A Florentine Tragedy,” with its lush and dazzling sound world, and Puccini’s comic masterpiece “Gianni Schicchi” each bring out different aspects of the city’s multifaceted charms.
The all-Japanese creative team is led by Jun Aguni, one of the most sought-after opera directors in Japan. While there is also a strong emphasis on Japanese talent in the cast, the production also features international stars including Sergei Leiferkus as the jealous Simone in “A Florentine Tragedy” and Carlos Alvarez playing the wily old Schicchi.