ONO Kazushi

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Kazushi Ono is currently Music Director of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of Opera of New National Theatre, Tokyo. He was formerly General Music Director of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Music Director of La Monnaie in Brussels, Principal Guest Conductor of Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, and Principal Conductor of Opéra National de Lyon. He received numerous awards including Palmarès du Prix de la Critique, Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Asahi Prize. He was selected to be a Person of Cultural Merits by the Japanese Government.


Among projects of Lituanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte are 2016 her debuts in the parts of Renata in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel in Lyon and of Margherita in Boito’s Mefistofele in Munich.
2017 she will sing Venus in Tannhäuser in Venice, Renate in a new production The fiery Angel in Zurich, Catalani’s Loreley at St. Gallen Festival and Heliane in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane in Antwerp.
2018 she will give her role debut as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten at Komische Oper Berlin.
2016 she sang Katarina Ismailova in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the district of Mtsensk in Lyon staged by Dmitiri Tcherniakov and conducted by Kazushi Ono followed by Montezuma in Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexiko in Cologne in a production of Peter Konwitschny and by concert performances of Fidelio conducted by Zubin Mehta with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

2015 she gave her role debuts as her first Venus in Tannhäuser in Ghent and Antwerp and as Judit in Bartok’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle at Komische Oper Berlin (stage director: Calixto Bieito), and she performed Leonore in Fidelio at both Vienna Volksoper and - conducted by Zubin Mehta - in Florence. In Seattle she was heard in the title role of Tosca.
2014 she was heard in Antwerp and Gent in two role debuts: In spring she had an enormous success in the role of Katarina Izmailova in Antwerp – conducted by Dmitri Jurowski and staged by Calixto Bieito. In fall she returned for her first and very successful Chrysothemis in Elektra – also conducted by Jurowski. She also performed for the first time the title role of La Gioconda in St. Gallen and the role of Leonore in Fidelio at Vienna Volksoper. She was heard asCio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly at Savonlinna Festival and in the title role of Tosca in Sao Paulo.
2013 she debuted at Teatro Real in Madrid in the part of Montezuma in Rihm’s Die Eroberung von Mexiko.
She was heard in Essen as Nedda and Cio-Cio-San, in Lübeck as Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chenier and in the title role of Tosca, in Altenburg-Gera in the title role of Manon Lescaut, in Lissabon as Mimi and in the title role of Katia Kabanova, in Palermo as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and in Seattle as Cio-Cio San.
With the beginning of the the 2003-2004 season Ausrine Stundyte became a soloist at Colgone Opera, where she subsequently performed Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimi in La Bohème, Agathe in Der Freischütz and Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly.
Born in Vilnius, Ausrine Stundyte studied voice at the Lithuanian Music Accademy with Prof. Irena Milkeviciute and at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig with Prof. Helga Forner.
She received several Scholarships and awards, among them a special award of Chambre Professionnelle des Directeurs d'Opéra Paris, a special award of the Helikon Opera Moscow and 2nd price for operetta at the 25th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna as well as the Offenbach award of the city of Cologne.
While still studying, she already performed smaller roles at Leipzig Opera, where she returned in 2009 for Mimi in Peters Konwitschny’s La Bohème.
She is working with conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Jeffrey Tate, Julia Jones, Julian Kovatchev, Marco Armiliato, Dmitri Jurowski, Markus Stenz or Gabriel Feltz and with stage directors like Calixto Bieito, Robert Carsen, Peter Konwitschny, Graham Vick, David Alden, Christof Nel, Pierre Audi, Tatjana Gürbaca or Anthony Pilavachi.
She sings a large concert and lied repertoire, among others song cycles by R. Strauss, Berg and Wagner. She performed at Gewandhaus Leipzig, as well as at the Philharmonie of Cologne and the Essen.
With Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Ausrine Stundyte recorded songs by Hermann Heyer.


Almas Svilpa is an alumni of the Music Conservatory of his hometown Klaipeda, completed his studies in Vilnius and got many prizes and awards. Almas Svilpa gave a very successful operatic debut as Basilio in The Barber of Seville at the State Opera of Vilnius. After a membership in the Studio of the Zurich Opera he joined the Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In 1997 he became a fest member with Aalto-Theater in Essen. His repertory includes roles such as Holländer in Der fliegende Holländer, Jochanaan in Salome, Kaspar in Der Freischütz, Escamillo in Carmen, Orest in Elektra, Méphistophélès in Faust, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Fürst Igor, Zaccaria in Nabucco Siegfried-Wanderer, Walküre-Wotan and Hercules. Moreover he performed Gremin in Eugen Onegin, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Rocco in Fidelio, Escamillo in Carmen, Klingsor in Parsifal and Wassermann in Rusalka. Guest engagements in Hannover, München, Lübeck, Saarbrücken, Köln, Enschede, Vilnius, Berlin, Moskau, at Volksoper Wien, at Salzburg Festival, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein St. Gallen, Vlaamse Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Semperoper Dresden and Royal Danish Opera. Recent roles include Orest in Elektra, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Der fliegende Holländer in Vilnius, Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin. In season 17/18 he will perform Timur in Turandot, Jochanaan in Salome, Heinrich der Vogler in Lohengrin and Wotan in Die Walküre in Essen.















Tea Time Concert <String Quartet>

13:00/Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall Foyer

KAIWA Nobuko and SHIODA Shu, Violins
HAGIYA Kintaro, Viola
SHIMIZU Shiori, Violoncello

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Subscription Concert No.862 C Series

14:00/Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

ONO Kazushi, Conductor
Lise de la SALLE, Piano

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Subscription Concert No.863 B Series

19:00/Suntory Hall

ONO Kazushi, Conductor
Tabea ZIMMERMANN, Viola*
Antoine TAMESTIT, Viola*
MUROZUMI Motoko, Organ**

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Subscription Concert No.864 A Series

19:00/Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

ONO Kazushi, Conductor
Ausrine STUNDYTE, Soprano *
Almas ŠVILPA, Baritone *

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