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Georges Bizet: Musique de scène "L'Arlésienne" *
Francis Poulenc: Opera "La Voix humaine" **

*Concert version (Performed in Japanese with readings) ** Concert version (Performed in the original language with Japanese subtitles)

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Two works sharing a theme of love and death.
Separated by time, stories of a man and a woman who kill themselves for love are now brought together as these masterpieces by France’s dual geniuses Bizet and Poulenc meet a modern audience.

Bizet’s masterpiece “L’Arlésienne” is familiar in its orchestral suite version, but this is a rare opportunity for a performance of all pieces as the original incidental music from the play of the same name, in an orchestral version with readings. In its original guise as incidental music for a tragic play, the music will reveal its essence as intended by Bizet, and not just conjure the tranquil rural scenery of the South of France and the imagined scenery of its customs.
The narrative (by Balthazar and others) will be led by famous actor Yutaka Matsushige supported by members of Tokyo Theatre Dojo in this long-awaited realization of a full-scale production with orchestra and readings in Japanese.
“La Voix humaine”is the crowning masterpiece that followed Poulenc’s two operatic works, “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” and “Dialogues des Carmélites.” Based on a work by Jean Cocteau, the composer himself and Denise Duval, who sang the role of “Elle”(She) in the premiere, revamped the script based on their own personal experiences. For this production, the prolific Mari Moriya, Japan’s leading soprano, tackles the role of “Elle.”

We will hold this performance after taking measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Please be sure to check the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre’s precautions on the theater website when purchasing tickets/when visiting the theater.


Georges Bizet: Musique de scène “L’Arlésienne” *
Francis Poulenc: Opera “La Voix humaine” **
*Concert version (Performed in Japanese with readings)
**Concert version (Performed in the original language with Japanese subtitles)


Conductor, Stage Director
Masahiro Sato

The Opera Band

Georges Bizet Musique de scène “L’Arlésienne”

Balthazar, narrator: Yutaka Matsushige
Frederi: Yukiaki Kiyama
The Idiot “Frederi’s younger brother”: Yuta Matoba
Vivette, Frederi’s mother: Sayuri Fujii
Chorus: Musashino Academia Musicae *chorus master: Shuji Yokoyama

Francis Poulenc Opera “La Voix humaine”

Solist: Mari Moriya (soprano)


[On sale on Saturday, September 25 2021, 10:00]
*All reserved-seats.
S Seats: 6,000 yen
A Seats: 5,000 yen
B Seats: 4,000 yen
C Seats: 3,000 yen
D Seats: 1,500 yen
High school student and under: 1,000 yen

*Preschool children not accepted.
*High school student tickets are only sold at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office. (Limited tickets / ID required)
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*Hearing Loop (a magnetic induction loop) available for this program.
*The program is subject to change.
*Some subtitles may be difficult to see depending on the seat.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall



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Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Supported by
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; The Asahi Shimbun Foundation