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The Royal Opera to tour to Japan in September 2015

Company to perform Macbeth and Don Giovanni in Tokyo, conducted by Antonio Pappano.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

29 August 2014 at 10.04am | 2 Comments

Update 3 July 2015: Venue details and casting confirmed. Full details listed below.

The Royal Opera will return to Tokyo and Osaka in Japan in September 2015, following a hugely successful tour in 2010.

The Company will perform Phyllida Lloyd's production of Macbeth with Simon Keenlyside in the title role alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, Romanian tenor Teodor Illincai as Macduff, and American bass Raymond Aceto as Banquo.

Kasper Holten's production of Don Giovanni will also travel to Japan with Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo in the title role alongside Italian bass Alex Esposito as Leporello, American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Donna Elvira, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón as Don Ottavio, Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Donna Anna, Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as Zerlina, and British bass Matthew Rose as Masetto.

Both productions will be conducted by Music Director Antonio Pappano, who will also conduct a concert performance of Mozart's Requiem and concert arias.

Macbeth runs for four performances in Japan from 12 September, with Don Giovanni running for three performances from 13 September.

Venue and casting details:


  • Saturday 12 September, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (3pm)
  • Tuesday 15 September, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (3pm)
  • Friday 18 September, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (6.30pm)
  • Monday 21 September, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (1.30pm)

Cond: Antonio Pappano

Cast includes Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth), Raymond Aceto (Banquo), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth), Teodor Ilincai (Macduff), Samuel Sakker (Malcolm), Jihoon Kim (Doctor), Anush Hovhannisyan (Lady-in-Waiting)


Don Giovanni

  • Sunday 13 September, NHK Hall (3pm)
  • Thursday 17 September, NHK Hall (6.30pm)
  • Sunday 20 September, NHK Hall (1.30pm)
  • Wednesday 23 September, Hyogo Performing Arts Center (4pm)

Cond: Antonio Pappano

Cast includes Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Alex Esposito (Leporello), Raymond Aceto (Commendatore), Albina Shagimuratova (Donna Anna), Rolando Villazón (Don Ottavio), Joyce DiDonato (Donna Elvira), Julia Lezhneva (Zerlina), Matthew Rose (Masetto)


CONCERT: Mozart’s Requiem

  • Saturday 19 September, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (7pm)

A concert performance of Mozart’s Requiem with a selection of Mozart concert arias performed by Albina Shagimuratova, Julia Lezhneva, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

The soloists for the Mozart Requiem will be Albina Shagimuratova, Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazón and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

Antonio Pappano conducts.

A limited number of places are available to support The Royal Opera on Tour and join the Company in Japan. For more information please contact Rebecca Regan on +44 (0)20 7212 9344.

For further information, or to book tickets to any of these performances, please visit the Japan Performing Arts Foundation website or contact

This article has 2 comments

  1. Alice Poulsen responded on 30 August 2014 at 8:22pm Reply

    TOI TOI TOI to the ROH troup for the trip to Japan and all the performances and all the singers, going.

    I am sure it will be a roaring success.

  2. Jennifer Riley responded on 19 September 2015 at 5:38pm Reply

    Is this the first time Ildebrando D'Arcangelo sings Mozart's Requiem?

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