Belcanto Opera Festival in JAPAN 2019

The Fujiwara Opera in cooperation with The Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca

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Performed by Students of “Opera Studio” with Carmen Santoro

Dates and Times

Nov. 11, 2019 at 6 pm. (Open 5:30 pm.)

(in Showa University of Music)

Ticket Price: Free


Baroque Opera & Neapolitan School

Dates and Times

Nov. 14, 2019 at 6 pm

(in Showa University of Music)

Admission free


Carmen SANTORO (General Artistic Director of BOF)
Antonio GRECO (Conductor)
Giancarlo LANDINI (Musicologist)
Eva PLEUS (Music Critic)
Tadamichi ORIE (General Artistic Director of Fujiwara Opera)
Interpreter: Mika INOUCHI


Dates and Times

Nov. 16, 2019 at 2 pm. (Open 1:30 pm.)

(in Showa University of Music)

Ticket Prices

S ¥3,000- A ¥2,000- B ¥1,000-
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  • Daichi FUJIKI

    Daichi FUJIKI
    (Counter Tenor)

  • Antonio GRECO

    Antonio GRECO

BOF Baroque Ensemble (Concert Master: Gian Andrea GUERRA)


Georg Friedrich Händel:
“Lascia ch'io pianga” from RINALDO
“Ombra mai fu” from SERSE

Antonio Vivaldi:
“Sposa son disprezzata” from BAJAZET



(opera in 3 Acts in Original Language)

The Belcanto Opera Festival in Japan 2019 proudly presents the comic opera "The Triumph of Honor (Il Trionfo dell'onore)" by Sicilian composer Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725). This opera premiered in Naples in 1718 where Scarlatti served as court musician and was very well received, but was only performed for the royal family and nobles. Surprisingly, it took more than 200 years to be staged again (in 1937 Laughton, England). Scarlatti, also considered the father of the Neapolitan school , composed this comedy for music in Naples, based on the script written by Francesco Antonio Tullio (1660-1737) of Naples of the same generation. According to the script, the story corresponds to the title role of the opera "Don Giovanni" of Mozart, that is, Riccardo (soprano: travesti – performed by opposite sex) and Donna Elvira and their drama of love, together with Leonora (mezzo soprano) who has been chasing him from Lucca to Pisa. The biggest difference with "Don Giovanni" is that Riccardo in the end says goodbye to his prodigal life, and is happily married to Leonora.

Riccardo Albenori is a young man who arrives in the outskirts of Pisa from Lucca trying to flee from his various amorous affairs. He is hoping that his problems will die down while he quietly waits at his uncle’s mansion. Miho Sakoda (S) who received high acclaim for her lyrical voice in the title role of "Madama Butterfly" this year will perform Riccardo Albenori. Tomoko Maiya (MS) will sing Leonora Dorini who was allured by Riccardo and afterwards abandoned. Leonora’s younger brother Erminio Dorini will be performed by Italy's young counter-tenor, Raffaele Pe (CT counter tenor), up-and-rising singer attracting attention all around the world. Hare Ito (S) will sing Doralice Rossetti, who sways between Erminio and Riccardo. Yusuke Kobori (T Tenor) will perform Flaminio Castravacca, Riccardo’s uncle, a womanizer always on the look for young girls though he has a fiancee Cornelia. Doralice’s aunt Cornelia Buffacci, performed by a tenor in disguise, will be sung by Masayuki Yamauchi (T). Yuka Tajima (MS) will sing Rosina Caruccia, maid to Cornelia. Patrizio La Placa (Bs-Br bass-baritone) will perform Riccardo’s roudy friend Capitano Rodimarte Bombarda. This stage will be a collaboration between singers of the Fujiwara Opera and the singers who performed in this opera at The Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy in 2018.

Antonio Greco will take the baton. Greco has acted as chorus conductor at various opera theaters such as Cremona and Lausanne etc. He has also conducted the baroque opera "Baccanali" (one act stage) composed by Agostino Steffani at the Valle d’Itria Music Festival 2016. Giacomo Ferraù and Libero Stelluti, directors of this opera in 2018, will again direct this production.

Dates and Times

Nov. 15, 2019 at 2 pm. (Open 1 pm.)
Nov. 17, 2019 at 2 pm. (Open 1 pm.)

(in Showa University of Music)

Ticket Prices

S ¥8,000- A ¥6,000- B ¥4,000-

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Belcanto Opera Festival Orchestra

Concert Master: Gian Andrea GUERRA


Scenery Designer: Stefano ZULLO / Costume Designer: Sara MARCUCCI
Lighting Designer: Giuliano ALMERIGHI / Choreographer: Riccardo OLIVIER
Stage Manager : Seiichi YAGI / Assistant Conductor: Katsuhiko ABE

General Artistic Director of Belcanto Opera Festival in JAPAN : Carmen SANTORO
Production Director: Tadamichi ORIE

In collaboration with Festival della Valle d'ltria di Martina Franca (Italy)
President: Franco PUNZI
Artistic Director: Alberto TRIOLA
Musical Director: Fabio LUISI

Presented by

Agency for Cultural Affair / The Japan Opera Foundation

With the cooperation of

The Festival della Valle d'ltria in Martina Franca / Showa University of Music/Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.

Supported by



Showa University of Music

1-11-1 Kamiasao, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-City Kanagawa JAPAN
phone : +81-(0)44-953-1121

4-minute walk from the Minami Exit of Shinyurigaoka Station on the Odakyu Line