Spring Festival in Tokyo





“Spring Festival in Tokyo“ will have the 15th Festival in 2019. From this anniversary year, we start new project “Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo” for three years.

“Italian Opera Academy” was launched in Ravenna (Italy), in 2015. During the Academy, Maestro Muti aims at passing on to the young artists from all over the world what he, himself, learnt from his teachers in a lineage that in history finds him connected to Giuseppe Verdi through Arturo Toscanini and through his own teacher Antonino Votto. The Academy has been held every summer since 2015, focusing on “Falstaff”(2015), “La Traviata”(2016), “Aida”(2017) and “Macbeth”(2018).

Maestro Muti considers it is his important mission to transmit to new generations what he learnt from his teachers ― Italian Opera’s beauty and deepness with method that is now vanishing, thus, representing a strong liaison between history and impulse towards the future. Appreciating his beliefs, we start “Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo” project with him.

Riccardo Muti

Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo

2019 Verdi “Rigoletto” 2019.3.28(Thu) - 4.4(Thu)
2020 Verdi “Macbeth” 2020.3.6.(Fri) - 3.15(Sun)(TBC)
2021 Verdi “Un ballo in Maschera” 2021.4.8.(Thu) - 4.18(Sun)(TBC)

Academy 2019 Outline

Tokyo University of the Arts Hall No.6

Tokyo University of the Arts, Hall No.6

  • Program

    Giuseppe Verdi “Rigoletto”

  • Teacher

    Riccardo Muti (conductor)

  • Artists

    Duca di Mantova(Tenor) : Giordano Lucà
    Rigoletto(Baritone) : Francesco Landolfi
    Gilda(Soprano) : Venera Protasova
    Sparafucile(Bass): Antonio Di Matteo
    Maddalena(Mezzo Soprano): Daniela Pini
    Giovanna(Mezzo Soprano):Yumiko Kono
    Monterone(Baritone):Ippei Mochizuki
    Un usciere(Bass):Kenichiro Himi
    Orchestra:Tokyo-HARUSAI Festival Orchestra
    * It consists of young active players in Japan.

  • Schedule & Venue


    • 2019.3.28(Thu)
      Riccardo Muti Presents "Rigoletto" at the Piano
    • 2019.3.29(Fri)~4.3(Wed)
      Rehearsal Tokyo University of the Arts, Hall No.6
    • 2019.4.4(Thu)
      Rehearsal Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall
      Riccardo Muti conducts “Rigoletto” (concert style/excerpts)
      Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall
    Consecutive interpretation to Japanese in all rehearsals.
    For listner(student) : The concert by Riccardo Muti is not included in the participation fee, but reduced tickets are available.
    The selected conductors will conduct the concert from 2020.
  • Time Schedule Sheet(Updated on March 3, 2019)

    Time Schedule Sheet

  • Participation

    It is possible to participate as one of following;

  • Riccardo Muti

  • Contact

    Spring Festival in Tokyo Executive Committee
    Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo


(2019/3/3 update)

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