Mitwirkung von Julia Varady und Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Opernaufführungen
Gastspiele der
Deutschen Oper Berlin
und der
Bayrischen Staatsoper München
in Japan

1963 - Beethoven: Fidelio

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Karl Böhm (conductor), Gustav Rudolf Sellner (producer)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / William Dooley (Don Fernando)
Walter Berry / Gustav Neidlinger (Don Pizarro)
James King (Florestan)
Christa Ludwig (Leonore)
Josef Greindl (Rocco)
Lisa Otto (Marzelline)
Donald Grobe (Jaquino)
Barry McDaniel (first prisoner)
Manfred Röhrl (second prisoner)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
20/24/29 Oct, 5 Nov 1963 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1963 - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Karl Böhm (conductor), Gustav Rudolf Sellner (producer)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Count)
Elisabeth Grümmer (Countess)
Erika Köth (Susanna)
Walter Berry (Figaro)
Edith Mathis (Cherubino)
Patricia Johnson (Marcellina)
Julius Katona (Basilio)
Martin Vantin (Don Curzio)
Peter Lagger (Bartolo)
Walter Dicks (Antonio)
Barbara Vogel (Barbarina)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
21/23/28 Oct, 2 Nov 1963 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1966 - Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Eugen Jochum (conductor), Gustav Rudolf Sellner (producer)
Martti Talvela / Josef Greindl (Sarastro)
Ernst Haefliger / Donald Grobe (Tamino)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau / Gert Feldhoff (Speaker)
Catherine Gayer / Bella Jasper (Queen of the Night)
Hilde Gueden / Pilar Lorengar / Erika Köth (Pamina)
Annabelle Bernerd (Ist lady)
Gitta Mikes / Kerstin Meyer (2nd lady)
Sieglinde Wagner / Ruth Hesse (3rd lady)
Barry McDaniel / Manfred Röhrl (Papageno)
Bella Jasper / Lisa Otto / Barbara Vogel (Papagena)
Karl Ernst Mercker / Martin Vantin (Monostatos)
Hans Beirer (1st man in armour)
Ernst Krukowski / Fritz Hoppe (2nd man in armour)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
16/22/25/28/30 Oct 1966 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1966 - Verdi: La Traviata

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
Gustav Rudolf Sellner (producer)
Pilar Lorengar / Hilde Gueden (Violetta)
Sieglinde Wagner / Helga Wisniewska (Flora)
Gitta Mikes (Annina)
Franco Tagliavini (Alfredo)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Germont)
Karl Ernst Mercker (Gastone)
Ernst Krukowski (Douphol)
Manfred Röhrl (d'Obigny)
Ivan Sardi (Dr Grenvil)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
18/21/23/26/29 Oct 1966 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1966 - Henze: Elegie für junge Liebende (Japanese premiere)

Hans Werner Henze (conductor,producer)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Gregor Mittenhofer)
Walter Dicks (Wilhelm Reischmann)
Loren Driscoll (Toni Reischmann)
Lisa Otto (Elisabeth Zimmer)
Kerstin Meyer (Carolina)
Catherine Gayer (Hilda Mack)
Hubert Hilten (Josef Mauer)
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
2/7/9 Nov 1966 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1970 - Verdi: Falstaff

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Lorin Maazel (conductor), Carl Ebert (director)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Falstaff)
Ingvar Wixell (Ford)
Luigi Alva / Donald Grobe (Fenton)
Martin Vantin (Dr Caius)
Karl Ernst Mercker (Bardolfo)
Fritz Hoppe (Pistola)
Pilar Lorengar (Alice)
Edith Mathis / Erika Köth (Nannetta)
Vera Little (Mrs Quickly)
Patricia Johnson / Barbara Scherler (Meg)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
27/29 Mar 1/4/7/10 Apr 1970 at Nissei Theatre, Tokyo

1974 - Mozart: Don Giovanni

Bayerische Staatsoper
Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor) Günter Rennert (director) Jürgen Rose (designer)
William Murray / Wolfgang Brendel (Don Giovanni)
Franz Crass (Commendatore)
Margaret Price (Donna Anna)
Claes-Hakan Ahnsjö (Don Ottavio)
Julia Varady (Donna Elvira)
Stafford Dean (Leporello)
Ileana Cotrubas (Zerlina)
Raimund Grumbach (Masetto)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
21, 27 Sep, 11 Oct 1974 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

1974 - Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Bayerische Staatsoper
Ferdinand Leitner / Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor) Günter Rennert (producer) Rudolf Heinrich (designer)
Wolfgang Brendel / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Count)
Claire Watson / Leonore Kirschstein / Margaret Price (Countess)
Trudeliese Schmidt (Cherubino)
Stafford Dean / Raimund Grumbach (Figaro)
Reri Grist / Hilda de Groote (Susanna)
Benno Kusche (Bartolo)
David Thaw (Basilio)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper
23, 24 Sep 8, 10 Oct 1
 

1987 - Wagner: Die Walküre (Complete cycle Japanese premiere)

Deutsche Oper Berlin
Jesus Lopez Cobos (1.2), Heinrich Hollreiser (3) (conductor)
Götz Friedrich (director), Peter Sykora (designer)
Warren Ellsworth (1) / Siegfried Jerusalem (2.3) (Siegmund)
Matti Salminen (1.2) / John Tomlinson (3) (Hunding)
Robert Hale (1.2) / Donald McIntyre (3) (Wotan)
Julia Varady (Sieglinde)
Ute Walther (1.3) / Diane Curry (2) (Fricka)
Catarina Ligendza (1.2) / Ute Vinzing (3) (Brünnhilde)
Sharon Sweet (Helmwige)
Lucy Peacock (Gerhilde)
Barbara Vogel (Ortlinde)
Annabelle Bernerd (Waltraute)
Yoko Nomura (Siegrune)
Anita Herrmann (Rossweisse)
Barbara Scherler (Grimgerde)
Kaja Borris (Schwertleite)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Numbers refer to the three cycles:
1st Cycle 17, 19, 22, 25 Oct 1987 at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Yokohama
2nd Cycle 30 Oct 1, 4, 7 Nov 1987 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

3rd Cycle 8, 10, 12, 15 Nov 1987 at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

Acknowledgements: Data for 1963-87 kindly supplied by Hikaru Suzuki tenpika@rnac.ne.jp

Opera japonica, 9 August 2001

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