Tomomi Nishimoto conducting "La traviata" (Statní Opera Praha performed in Japan)

October 24, 2007
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
Violetta: Norah Amsellem
Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet: Statní Opera Praha

My seat was left side on the third floor to the stage, so I could enjoy both the stage and Tomomi's dramatic, bright, dinamic, beautiful, and fervent direction. She had a lead the whole performance well. Also, if I saw only her direction, I could always understand the opera's story through it.

I liked the singer as Alfredo's father best, and I think Mrs Amsellem's acting was very good.

The stage set was simple and stylish by an intent of the producer. However, I did not like the choreography at a party scene...

Maestro Nishimoto interprets that developments after Violetta's last aria is her reveries. I agree with her interpretation.

At the curtain call, it was impressive that Mrs Amsellem with a very satisfied smile and Maestro Nishimoto took each other's hands surely.

I would like to see various production of this opera by different singers in the future.

* The related Japanese article.