This year the New National Theater Tokyo will participate in World Opera Day on October 25 and World Ballet Day on October 29. Both World Opera Day and World Ballet Day are major international events in which opera houses, ballet companies and artists from various fields from all over the world participate in the online video distribution.

On World Opera Day, the chorus and four soloists from the New National Theater will perform the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No. 9’. 2020 marks 250 years since the baptism (and assumed birth year) of Beethoven.
The performance will be streamed online and available worldwide to commemorate the special event.
Additionally, for one week from Friday 23 October a recording of the theater's performance of ‘Turandot’ – a famous italian three-part opera – will be available to watch free of charge on the theater’s website.

On October 29, World Ballet Day will see live studio performances from the rehearsal room of the New National Theater Ballet Company. The dancers will share rehearsals of ‘Ryugu Castle’ and ‘Don Quixote’.

World Opera Day – New National Theater Tokyo performance

Date: October 25

[Act 1] Starts at 15:00
[Act 2] Starts at 21:00
[Act 3] Starts at midnight on 26th (Mon)
[Act 4] 26th (Mon) Starts at 4am

After the initial release, the performance will be available online until April 25 2021.

World Ballet Day – New National Theater Tokyo performance

Date: October 29

The live performance will take place from 15:00 - 15:55. The distribution URL will be announced on the New National Theater Ballet’s facebook page at a later date.

All of these events are of great importance following the outbreak of COVID-19, as it brings a chance for people to come together all over the world, no matter their country or language, through performing arts.

By - Connie Sceaphierde.