December 7, 2009
Lucic Will Tour Japan with Metropolitan Opera in Summer 2011
The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it plans to embark on a three-week tour of Japan during the summer of 2011, in which the company will present thirteen fully-staged performances of La Bohème, Don Carlo and Lucia di Lammermoor in Tokyo and Nagoya.

The tour, which will find the Met traveling with some 350 solo singers, orchestra players, choristers, dancers, and administrative and technical staff, will mark the company's seventh visit to Japan since its first trip there in 1975; the Met's most recent tour to the country took place in 2006. Singers slated to accompany the Met on the tour include Ildar Abdrazakov, Piotr Beczala, Olga Borodina, Joseph Calleja, Diana Damrau, Dmitri Hvorostovky, Jonas Kaufmann, Mariusz Kwiecien, ?eljko Lu?i?, Anna Netrebko, and René Pape.

During the tour, Met music director James Levine will pace performances of La Bohème and Don Carlo, while Gianandrea Noseda will take the podium for showings of the company's Lucia di Lammermoor. Beczala and Calleja will trade the roles of Rodolfo and Edgardo in performances of Bohème and Lucia. Performances of Puccini's opera will also feature Netrebko as Mimì; Susanna Phillips's Musetta; Kwiecien as Marcello; John Relyea as Colline; and Edward Parks's Schaunard. Don Carlo's principals will include Barbara Frittoli's Elisabeth de Valois; Borodina's Eboli; Kaufmann in the title role; Hvorostovsky's Rodrigo; and Pape as Philip II. Lucia performances will find Damrau in the title role, and - in addition to Beczala and Calleja's Edgardos - will feature Lu?i?'s Enrico, and Abdrazakov as Raimondo.

Presented by the Japan Arts Corporation of Tokyo and sponsored by KDDI, the tour is scheduled to bring the Met to venues that will include Nagoya's Aichi Prefectural Arts Center and Tokyo's NHK Hall and Bunka Kaikan Theater.

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