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Tatebayashi, Gunma - Japan: 6:00pm Friends Society of Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi presents "Autumn Concert -Akiko Nakajima & friends from Europe-" @ Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi <Program>
Russian folksong: "Vdol po Piterskoi" / Debussy: "Nuit d’étoiles" / Rachmaninov: "Zdes' khorosho", Delibes: "Les filles de Cadix", Lakmé's aria "Où va la jeune Hindoue" / Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder / and others

<Performers>
Coloratura soprano: Elise Charrel / Soprano: Akiko Nakajima / Bass: Tair Tazhi / Piano: Masaaki Saito

Flyer (Japanese only) Official website

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Itakura, Gunma - Japan: 2019/9/10 - 2019/9/15 The 11th Noura Opera Academy, Noura-Juku: autumn camp @ South Community Center in Itakura 【Schedule】
· 9/10: welcome party, rehearsal
· 9/11: rehearsal, farming experience (cucumber and rice field)
· 9/12: rehearsal
· 9/13: stage rehearsal with orchestra, party with the committee
· 9/14: stage rehearsal, HP
· 9/15: GP, farming experience (orchard), Opera Highlights vol.5 “Seven deadly sins”, farewell party

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Meiwa, Gunma - Japan: 4:00pm Noura Opera Academy presents Opera Highlights vol.5 "Seven deadly sins" @ Nihon Canpack Hall Noura Opera Academy commenced its activity in 2013. The idea of this academy (juku) is to take time in green countryside and go deep into the basics of cultural awareness. In farming areas of Itakura in Gunma prefecture of Japan, there still exists old festive traditions connecting farming with culture. The participants have the chance to get in touch with them, while having intensive singing/stage training.

This year's production is called "Seven deadly sins". The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or the seven traits of man, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings. These excessive versions of one's natural passions can be seen in many main characters of operas. We will explore such dramatic emotions with 10 talented young singers this year.

【List of sins & main characters in this production】
1. Lust: LULU, SALOME, DUKE
2. Gluttony: FALSTAFF
3. Greed: SPARAFUCILLE
4. Sloth: PAPAGENO
5. Wrath: KÖNNIGIN
6. Envy: RIGOLETTO, JOSÉ
7. Pride: ESCAMILLO, CARMEN

<Performers>
· Singers: Elise Chaarrel, Risa Matsushima, Kie Takahashi, Akiko Nakajima, Chihiro Asano, Kazuaki Sawasaki, Jumpei Niimi, Hayato Kamie, Tair Tahzi
· Conductor: TaeJung Lee
· Music director: Masaaki Saito
· Orchestra: Noura Juku Ensemble

Flyer (Japanese only)

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Takasaki, Gunma - Japan: 2:00pm & 6:00pm Takasaki City Theatre Opening Concert: "Beethoven's Ninth" @ Takasaki City Theatre, Grand Theatre <Performers>
Conductor: Naoto Otomo / Orchestra: Gunma Symphony Orchestra / Soprano: Kristin Lewis / Alto: Akiko Nakajima / Tenor: Peter Lodahl / Baritone: Ryohei Izumi

Takasaki City Theatre (Japanese only)

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Takasaki, Gunma - Japan: 2:00pm Takasaki City Theatre Opening Event: Duo recital "Nordic Light" @ Takasaki City Theatre, Music Hall <Program>
· Peter Heise: "Aften paa Loggiaen", "En ritornelsanger", "Skovensomhed"
· Grieg: "Ein Traum", "Vaaren"
· Bellini: "Prendi l'anel ti dono" from "La Sonnambula" 【Akiko Nakajima & Peter Lodahl】
· Gounod: "Salut, demeure chaste et pure" from "Faust" 【Peter Lodahl】
· Verdi: "A la paterna mano" from "Macbeth" 【Peter Lodahl】
· J. Strauss: "Wiener Blut" from "Wiener Blut" 【Akiko Nakajima & Peter Lodahl】
· etc.

<Performers>
Tenor: Peter Lohdal / Soprano: Akiko Nakajima / Piano: Luisella Germano

Takasaki City Theatre (Japanese only)

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Takasaki, Gunma - Japan: 2:00pm Takasaki City Theatre Opening Event: Soprano recital with Kristin Lewis "La Stupenda" @ Takasaki City Theatre, Music Hall <Program>
· Beethoven: "Ah! Perfido"
· R. Strauss: "Morgen", "Befreit", "Allerseelen", "September" & "Im Abendrot" from "Vier letzte Lieder"
· Verdi: "Pace, pace" from "La forza del Destino"
· Burleigh: Five Songs of Laurence Hope
· Moses Hogan: "Give me Jesus!"
· Florence Price: "My soul's been anchored in the Lord"
· etc.

<Performers>
Soprano: Kristin Lewis / Piano: Luisella Germano / Moderator: Akiko Nakajima

Takasaki City Theatre (Japanese only)