Teatro alla Scala Japan Tour
September 2020

La traviata

Music Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor Zubin Mehta
Staging Liliana Cavani

Zubin Mehta

Liliana Cavani

photos: Brescia e Amisano/Teatro alla Scala


New Production to be premiered in December 2019 at the Teatro alla Scala

Music Giacomo Puccini
Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Staging Davide Livermore

Riccardo Chailly

Davide Livermore

The Teatro alla Scala has chosen two of the Company's signature works for their 7th tour to Japan in 2020, an Olympic and Paralympic year: Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata and Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.

Riccardo Chailly will lead the Company to Japan for the first time since becoming Music Director of La Scala in 2017. It will also be the first time for Zubin Mehta to appear with the Company in Japan.

Zubin Mehta conducts La traviata in Liliana Cavani's classic 1990 staging. It is a legendary production first brought to Japan in 1995. All of the six performances at the NHK Hall were sold out within hours after the tickets were put on sale. Soprano Marina Rebeka will sing the role of Violetta Valéry, and baritone Leo Nucci will be Giorgio Germont.

Riccardo Chailly will conduct a new production of Tosca to be premiered in December 2019 to open La Scala's new season. It will be directed by Davide Livermore who saw great success of his production of Attila which opened the Company's 2018 season. The title role of Tosca will be sung by Spanish soprano Saioa Hernandez, an emerging star who is casted as one of the two important sopranos to share the title role in the new production, the other being Anna Netrebko who will sing in the production premiere.

Alexander Pereira
CEO and Artistic Director

Wiener Staatsoper Japan Tour
October 2021

Der Rosenkavalier

Music Richard Strauss
Conductor Philippe Jordan
Staging Otto Schenk

Philippe Jordan

Otto Schenk

photo:Michael Pöhn

Così fan tutte

Music Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor Riccardo Muti
Staging Chiara Muti

Riccardo Muti

photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography - By courtery of

Chiara Muti

photo:Michael Pöhn

photo: Silvia Lelli

In October 2021, the Wiener Staatsoper brings two significant operas which will represent the quality of the Company; Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier and Wolgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte, conducted by Philippe Jordan who is to become Musical Director of the Wiener Staatsoper and Riccardo Muti respectively.

The Wiener Staatsoper's Der Rosenkavalier has long been associated with Carlos Kleiber as one of the operas in his limited repertoire among the opera lovers. It might be a challenge for the next Musical Director Philippe Jordan to conduct such a legendary opera, but he should bring ambitious, new Der Rosenkavalier together with the entire company with an incomparable tradition, in an exuberant production of Otto Schenk.

Among world-renowned conductors, Riccardo Muti is said to have the trusted relationship with the Wiener Staatsoper. Especially in Mozart's operas, Muti and the Company exhibit an extraordinary musical chemistry, which was witnessed in the unforgettable performances of Le nozze di Figaro on their last tour to Japan in 2016.

On 2021 tour, he conducts Così fan tutte in a co-production by the Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro San Carlo in Naples, directed by Chiara Muti. The same team of father and daughter was seen on the Japan tour of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in 2018. The production by Chiara Muti was premiered at the Teatro San Carlo in 2018 with critical acclaim, and will be premiered at the Wiener Staatsoper in May 2020, with some revisions. It will be further 'matured' by the time it comes to Japan in 2021.

Bogdan Roščić

Photo: Josef Fischnaller