Stéphanie D’Oustrac & Toshiaki Murakami Headline Stream of New National Theatre, Tokyo’s ‘Carmen’

By David Salazar

New National Theatre, Tokyo is set to stream its production of “Carmen” on Oct. 18, 2021.

The opera, which is directed by Àlex Ollé and conducted by Kazushi Ono, will star Stéphanie D’Oustrac in the title role and Toshiaki Murakami as Don José. Alexandre Duhamel interprets the role of Escamillo while Ryoko Sunakawa takes on Micaëla.

Other cast members include Hidekazu Tsumaya, Kenichi Yoshikawa, Hidekazu Machi, Shuhei Itoga, Mari Moriya, and Mika Kaneko.

Per the official website, “Ollé’s idea was to take a distance from the usual Carmen expression, he thought this story could happen anywhere, and at any era as it is a universal drama, so the production is set in today’s Japan this time, taking place in the showbusiness world which has some resemblance to the original Carmen story… Here, Carmen is an Amy Winehouse-inspired rock singer visiting the country for tour, Don José is a police officer in charge of security and Escamillo is a star toreador visiting Japan for a gala performance.”

Audiences will be able to view the stream via the company’s official website or on OperaVision until Jan. 18, 2022. The original performance was recorded on July 8, 2021.

Check out the trailer below.