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Jutan-za Weil Project 3: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

  • Organization : labo opera Jutan-za
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music


This is the final chapter in the three-year Weill Project, in which opera production group labo opera Jutan-za, led by director Egawa Tomomi, has been tackling the works of composer Kurt Weill. It marks the first time for many years in Japan that an opera company has staged “Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny” (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny; 1930), one of the foremost operas resulting from Weill’s collaboration with Bertolt Brecht.
Libret by Bertolt Brecht
Composed by Kurt Weill
Performed in Japanese and the original language with subtitles / Arranged for small ensemble
Kawagoe Toko, Nishimoto Mako (soprano)
Moriyama Kyoko (mezzo-soprano)
Tsukada Hiroyuki, Asahara Takao, Suzuki Shunsuke, Ryushi Kentaro (tenor)
To Chikara, Tsurukawa Katsuya, Ryu Shinichiro (baritone)
Watanabe Madoka, Noguchi Kota, Orii Kae (piano)
and others
Musical Director: Yokoyama Shuji
Producer and Director: Egawa Tomomi
Scenic Design: Arata Ryo (Stage Crew BAU)
Costumes: Masuda Emi (Moma Workshop)
Lighting: Mochizuki Daisuke (Art Stage Lighting Group – A.S.G)
Stage Manager: Nakamura Mari (Stage Crew BAU)
Orchestra Chief: Noguchi Kota
Production manager: Fukunaga Ayako (naya collective Ltd.)


labo opera Jutan-za
labo opera Jutan-za was formed by director Egawa Tomomi in 2005 as an opera production group. Since then, it has continually torn down stereotypes as a testing ground for both cast members and crew. Starting with its first production in 2006, the group has so far staged six operas, as well as holding four concerts and a variety of workshops. “Il Finto Arlecchino / Il Campanello” — the second opera staged by labo opera Jutan-za — was awarded the 8th Keizo Saji Prize by the Suntory Foundation for Arts.


Fukunaga Ayako
labo opera Jutan-za


Nihonbashi Gekijo (Chuo City, Tokyo)