New National Theatre, Tokyo Announces Changes to Operas

By Francisco Salazar

The New National Theatre, Tokyo in Japan has announced time changes to its upcoming performances.

The company announced that performances in January and February will implement measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For its “Tosca” production, the company will change the night performance on Feb. 3 from  19:00 to 17:00. The company also announced that ticket sales will end for performances that have exceeded 50 percent of the overall seating capacity and Performances which have not reached 50 percent of overall capacity will continue to sell until they reach 50 percent.

For its February run of “Le Nozze di Figaro,” the theater announced that the night performance on Feb. 9 will start at 16:30 instead of 18:30. “Tosca” opens on Jan. 23 while “Le Nozze di Figaro” opens on Feb. 7.

The changes were announced due to Japan’s state of emergency. The government urged bars and restaurants in Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Fukuoka, Aichi, Gifu, and Tochigi prefectures to close by 8 p.m., employers to have 70 percent of their staff work from home, and residents in the affected areas avoid going out. Japan has reported 309,214 COVID-19 cases and 4,315 confirmed deaths.