Seiji Ozawa Music Academy
Opera Project XIX
G. Puccini: La Bohème
March 17, 2023 (Fri) 18:30
March 19, 2023 (Sun) 15:00
ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Main Hall
March 23, 2023 (Thu) 15:00
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Main Hall
March 26, 2023 (Sun) 15:00
Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, Main Theatre
Mimì: Elizabeth Caballero
Rodolfo: Jean-François Borras
Musetta: Anna Christy
Marcello: David Bizic
Schaunard: David Crawford
Colline: William Thomas
Benoit / Alcindoro: Philip Cokorinos
Music Director: Seiji Ozawa
Conductor: Diego Matheuz(Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Principal Conductor)
Director: David Kneuss
Set & Costume Designer: Robert Perdziola
Lighting Designer: Tatsuo Taksawa
Orchestra: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra
Chorus: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Choir, Kyoto City Junior Children’s Choir
Presented by: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy / VEROZA Japan /
Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City music art cultural Promoting Foundation) *Kyoto Performances /
Tokai Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.*Aichi Performance
Co-presented by: Rohm Music Foundation
Sponsored by: ROHM Co., Ltd
Produced by: VEROZA Japan
Elizabeth Caballero [Soprano]
The New York Times describes Elizabeth Caballero as a “plush-toned, expressive soprano” and the Wall Street Journal exclaims that “Ms. Caballero is a find: her opulent soprano rings freely and lyrically throughout her range.” Ms. Caballero’s dramatically compelling interpretation of her signature role, Violetta in La traviata, led to recent engagements to perform the role for houses across the country, such as the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Carolina, la Compañía Lírica Nacional in Costa Rica, Florentine Opera, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic.
Ms. Caballero recently made a series of house debuts including her Staatsoper Stuttgart debut as Mimi in La Bohème, her debut with the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City as Desdemona in Otello, and her Madrid debut at Teatro de la Zarzuela singing the title role of the European premiere of Cecilia Valdés based on the Cuban novel of the same name. 2020 engagements were to include a return to Staatsoper Stuttgart for Boito’s Mefistofele, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for Pacific Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem for Portland Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera for their production of La Traviata, and her role debut as Tosca.
This season, Caballero joins Stadttheater Klagenfurt as Amelia in Un ballo in Maschera, and the Countess in Madison Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro. Last season’s engagements included returns to Staatsoper Stuttgart as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Florida Grand Opera as Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Madison Symphony for their Christmas Gala Concerts. Further concert engagements were as the soprano soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Colorado Symphony.
Jean-François Borras [Tenor]
Jean-François Borras is considered one of the best tenors of his generation. He currently performs in the biggest international theaters.
In recent years, Mr. Borras has interpreted Chavalier Des Grieux with great success at the Opéra de Paris, Montecarlo, Valencia and at Staatsoper in Vienna, and also Raimbaut in Robert le Diable and Nabucco at Covent Garden, Alfredo in Montecarlo, Chevalier de la Force in Les dialogues des Carmélites at Santa Cecilia, Cinna in La Vestale, and Macduff at Théâtre des Champs Elysées. He performs at Staatsoper in Vienna in La traviata, La Bohème, Faust, and Werther, and also Lakmé in Toulon, Un ballo in maschera in Munich and Metz, Thaïs in Sao Paulo, Béatrice et Bénédict at the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, Lucia di Lammermoor at Avignon, Florence, and Palermo.
Mr. Borras has replaced Jonas Kaufman in Werther at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2014. He has returned there for Rigoletto, La Bohème, Werther, and Thaïs.
He recently sang Carmen at Opéra de Paris, Oper Frankfurt, and Teatro Regio in Turin, La damnation de Faust and Werther at Opéra di Montecarlo, his debut in Eugene Onegin at Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Carmen at Opéra de Toulouse.
He sings under the baton of Alain Guingal, Evelino Pidò, Daniel Oren, Patrick Fournillier, Daniele Callegari, Fabrizio Carminati, Michel Plasson, Alain Altinoglu, Stéphane Denève, Roberto Abbado, Daniele Gatti, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Riccardo Frizza, Emmanuel Villaume, Dan Ettinger.
Future engagements: Jean in a concert form of Hérodiade at Opera National de Lyon, Carmen at Teatro Calderon de Valladolid, Mefistofele at Opéra de Toulouse.
Anna Christy [Soprano]
Praised by the New York Times as “nimble of voice, body and spirit,” Grammy Award-winning soprano Anna Christy continues to impress and delight audiences with an extraordinary blend of sparkling voice, powerful stage presence, and innate musicality.
In the 2022/23 season, Ms. Christy debuts at the inaugural Sag Harbor Song Festival and with the Savannah Philharmonic for Poulenc’s Gloria. Last season, she returned to the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy for Die Fledermaus (Adele) and the Colorado Symphony for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Peter Oundjian.
Recent engagements include a return to Carnegie Hall for the US premiere of Joe Hisaishi’s East Land Symphony, conducted by the composer and accompanied by the American Symphony Orchestra, followed by returns to the Colorado Symphony for Messiah, and Central City Opera for Julie Jordan in Carousel. Additional engagements include a debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in L’enfant et les sortilèges conducted by Stéphane Denève.
She was seen as Tytania in Robert Carsen’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Opera Philadelphia, debuted with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Finzi’s In Terra Pax conducted by Brett Mitchell, and returned to the San Francisco Symphony for L’enfant et les sortilèges conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. Other recent engagements include Gilda in Rigoletto at the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with Florida Grand Opera, Marzelline in Fidelio with Boston Baroque, and Adele in Die Fledermaus with Des Moines Metro Opera. She also returned to Japan for performances of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi with Seiji Ozawa.
Ms. Christy was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Pasadena, California. She spent her summers in Tokyo, Japan, at her mother’s family home, and is fluent in Japanese.
David Bizic [Baritone]
Serbian baritone David Bizic studied at the New Israeli Opera Young Artist Studio and won second prize at the 2007 Plácido Domingo Operalia Competition.
This season, he sings Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Japan, Escamillo (Carmen) at the Opéra de Toulon and Franck’s Béatitudes with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège.
Last season saw his returns to the Metropolitan as Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), to Bordeaux as Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), and his debut with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester as Sharpless.
Recent engagements include Belcore and Lord Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Toulon, Escamillo at the Macerata Festival in Italy and in Tel-Aviv, Marcello at the Metropolitan Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin in Metz and Reims, Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) at the Liceu in Barcelona.
He was invited at the Paris Opera studio as a guest to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni and several times as Leporello in the same production.
Praised for his interpretation of Mozartien characters, he sang: Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) in Angers, Nantes, Strasbourg, Monte-Carlo, Bordeaux, Geneva; Publio (La clemenza di Tito) in Avignon, Strasbourg, Montpellier; Masetto in Paris, Madrid and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Moscow, Berlin, Valencia, Paris Opera, Los Angeles, Chicago and at the Wiener Staatsoper; Don Giovanni in Maribor and Rouen; and Il Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Saint-Étienne.
Concert appearances include Fauré’s Requiem, Schubert’s A-flat Mass, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, La vida breve in a concert version with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre de Montpellier and the Orchestre de Bordeaux, Fauré’s Requiem with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris / Accentus Choir for the Saint Denis Festival conducted by Laurence Equilbey, and Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Serbian Radio TV Symphony Orchestra.
David Crawford [Bass-Baritone]
American bass-baritone David Crawford has been hailed as a “standout” by the New York Times and celebrated for his “thunderous bass-baritone” by New York Classical Review. Recent seasons included an Opera Outdoors concert with Opera Omaha as well as postponed or cancelled performances with the Atlanta Opera for Il barbiere di Siviglia and productions of Les contes d’Hoffmann and Billy Budd with the Metropolitan Opera. The 2021/22 season saw him as Achilla in Giulio Cesare and Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Atlanta Opera, Monterone in Rigoletto with Nashville Opera, a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Turandot, and Zuniga in Carmen with Santa Fe Opera.
Since making his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 2007 as The Warrior Apparition in Macbeth, Mr. Crawford has taken part in over 300 performances and covered roles in over 200 performances with the company. In the 2017/18 season, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera for Les contes d’Hoffmann and in the 2016/17 season, he appeared in over 50 performances in seven different operas, highlights of which included Paris in the new production of Roméo et Juliette, the Sergeant in Manon Lescaut, Lord Walton in I puritani, and the Captain in Eugene Onegin. In the 2015/16 season, he appeared as Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, a Mandarin in Turandot, and the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly. Other highlights with the Met include Hermann/Schlemiel in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Count Horn in Un ballo in maschera, Schmidt in Andrea Chénier, Hector’s Ghost in Les Troyens, the High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, Happy in La fanciulla del West, Astarotte in Armida, the Wigmaker in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca.
William Thomas [Bass]
A recent graduate of the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, British bass William Thomas is one of today’s most promising young singers. He is a BBC New Generation Artist 2021–23. The 2022/23 season sees him sing Colline La Bohème for Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Glyndebourne on Tour and Snug A Midsummer Night’s Dream in his debut for Opéra de Rouen Normandie.
On the concert platform, he sings Handel’s Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music, Mozart’s Requiem with Glyndebourne on Tour, Handel’s St John Passion with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Narbal Les Troyens with the Monteverdi Orchestra.
In future seasons, Mr. Thomas debuts at the Royal Opera House and Teatro alla Scala. He also returns to the Opéra national de Paris. Recent engagements include Colline La Bohème for the English National Opera, Gralsritter Parsifal with Opéra national de Paris, Nicholas in the British premiere of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa at the Glyndebourne Festival, Shepherd Pelléas et Mélisande for Garsington Opera, Snug A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Vienna State Opera, Zweiter Priester/Zweiter Geharnischter Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne and Parsi Rustomji Satyagraha for the English National Opera.
Concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the BBC Proms with the Monteverdi Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem at the BBC Proms with the Britten Sinfonia; St John Passion with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Priest/Badger/Harašta in concert performances of The Cunning Little Vixen with the CBSO; Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the English National Opera; Cantata Profana with the London Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre national de Lyon.
He is winner of major prizes, including the Kathleen Ferrier Award and John Christie Award in 2018, the Critics Circle Young Talent (voice) award 2021 and the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition in 2019.
Philip Cokorinos [Bass-Baritone]
Hailed by Opera News for his “comedic high jinks” and “first-rate singing,” Philip Cokorinos was winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 1985 and went on to sing his debut during the Met’s 1987/88 season. Since then, he appeared in more than 400 performances of 40 operas at the Met, including “Live from The Met” telecasts of Don Giovanni; the world premiere of The Ghosts of Versailles; and the Met’s premieres of Sly, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Gambler, and Shostakovich’s verismo expressionist opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, to name a few. He appeared many times in their productions of the standard repertoire, including Tosca, La Bohème, La fanciulla del West, La traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur, La rondine, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Macbeth, Manon, Don Carlo, Tosca, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Gianni Schicchi, Manon Lescaut, and Le nozze di Figaro, under the baton of Maestro James Levine. The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcasts have included Manon, La fanciulla del West, The Nose, Werther, Manon Lescaut, Le nozze di Figaro, La Bohème, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Mr. Cokorinos’s tenure at the Metropolitan Opera continues this season with engagements such as Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, La Bohème, and Tosca. He will also perform Tosca at the Los Angeles Opera in the role of Sacristan, in addition to joining San Diego Opera’s long-awaited Gianni Schicchi as Simone. Last season, his engagements at the Metropolitan Opera comprised La Bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Elektra, and Ariadne auf Naxos, whilst also assisting the opera house in a workshop of a new opera. He returned to the Los Angeles Opera for Tannhäuser in the role of Biterolf, and Il trovatore.
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Seiji Ozawa Music Academy
Opera Project XIX
G. Puccini: La Bohème
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