Kobe Portopia Hall
Conductor: Tomomi Nishimoto
(Her blog --> http://tomomiroom.exblog.jp/)
Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
Coloratura soprano: Naoko Fukunaga
Compere: Miho Nakai
Johann Strauss II: Two pieces from "Die Fledermaus"
Clément Philibert Léo Delibes: Musique des Automates from "Coppélia"
Clément Philibert Léo Delibes: Bell Song from "Lakmé"
Pietro Mascagni: "Cavalleria Rusticana" intermezzo
Schubert: Ave Maria
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from "Eugene Onegin"
Khachaturyan: Waltz from "Masquerade Suite"
Khachaturyan: Gopak, Sabre Dance, and Lezginka
Oboe section of the orchestra practiced with eagerness before the concert. The sound was so good.
Coloratura soprano Naoko Fukunaga has a deep nice voice. I listened Clément Philibert Léo Delibes: Bell Song from "Lakmé" through a CD sung by an world-wide famous coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay before the concert. The song by Ms Fukunaga was different taste from the one by Ms Dessay.
I liked all pieces after Pietro Mascagni: "Cavalleria Rusticana" intermezzo best in the concert.
I listened this orchestra before, but I think the performance for this concert was better than before.
After the concert, there was a New Year party in the hotel. The hostess was Ms Miho Nakai, she seems to be a good friend with maestro Tomomi, so she seemed to be very relaxed, and there were lots of happy and interesting conversations there.
Here is a maestro Tomomi's interview on page 21.
According to this article, maestro Tomomi will take up her post in State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra) (http://www.gaso.ru/en/) from September 2010.
She said in this interview that about one half members of the orchestra are from RUSSIAN BOLSHOI ORCHESTRA "MILLENIUM" (http://www.rbso.narod.ru/) which she had assumed a post before.
The theme of next season of State Symphony Orchestra of Russia will be "Tchaikovsky". She said she is very happy that the orchestra members remembered me for such "Tchaikovsky" season.
I look forward to hearing this orchestra conducted by maestro Tomomi so much.
Through the concert and the party, I was very much happy and had a good time.
* The related Japanese article.