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Performing Arts Creation Project The 400-year-old Castrato

There is a limit to our life span. How would your life be different if you could live forever? With eager anticipation, the story about a man who lived for 400 years as a castrato will be back on stage!

* Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures and notice to visitors to help prevent the COVID-19 spread.
Please note that there might be changes depending on decisions and orders by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other governmental authorities.

Date Sun, Jun 26, 2022 15:00 (Open 14:15)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre Opera TBK productions Concert

Flyer (PDF)

Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.

⁃ We ask you not to come to the venue if you seem to have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or simply not feeling well.

⁃ Wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. Please show consideration for fellow audience members.

⁃ Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.

⁃ Our staff members conduct temperature screening with thermal imaging cameras for all those who are entering the venue. If you have a fever of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, you are not allowed to enter the venue.

⁃ No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.

⁃ Show your ticket to the usher. Then tear off the stub by yourself and put it in the box.

⁃ We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.

⁃ The cloakroom is closed except for large luggage.

⁃ We do not accept flowers and gifts for the artists. Nor can you give them directly to the artists.

⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.

Original Conception and Music Selection


Script, Direction, and Set Design


Music Direction, Composition, and Arrangement

KATO Masanori


Countertenor: FUJIKI Daichi

Piano: KATO Masanori

Reading: OWADA Baku, OWADA Miho

Violin: NARITA Tatsuki *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 5th Tokyo Music Competition

Violin: SUHO Ryosuke *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 9th Tokyo Music Competition

Viola: TOJO Kei

Cello: KAMIMURA Ayano *2nd prize of String section at the 5th Tokyo Music Competition


◇View artists profiles (only in Japanese)

Music to be performed

Act 1

VICTORIA: Jesu dulcis memoria

English folk song: Greensleeves

MONTEVERDI: Ritornello from L’incoronazione di Poppea

VIVALDI: “Vedrò con mio diletto” from Il Giustino

J.S.BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV1048-1st movement

HANDEL: “Fammi combattere” from Orlando

HAYDN: String Quartet No.62 in C major, Op.76-3 “Emperor”-2nd movement

BEETHOVEN: Adelaïde, Op.46

MOZART: Motet “Ave verum corpus,” K618

MOZART: Recitative and aria “Ombra felice! … Io ti lascio,” K255

SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op.44-3rd movement

J.STRAUSS II: “Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein” from Die Fledermaus

DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81, B155-3rd movement

RACHMANINOFF: 14 Songs, Op.34-No.14 “Vocalise”


Act 2

VIEUXTEMPS: Souvenir d’Amerique on “Yankee Doodle,” Op.17

POULENC: Chansons gaillardes, FP42-No.7 “La belle jeunesse”

KATO Masanori: Scene music

BARBER: Agnus Dei, Op.11

MAHLER: Symphony No.6 in a minor “Tragic”-3rd movement

KATO Masanori: Inexistant Gardens

KINOSHITA Makiko: Kamome (Seagull)

HANDEL: “Pena Tiranna” from Amadigi di Gaula

Hymn: God be with you till we meet again

KATO Masanori: Taeru Kotonaku Utau Uta-An Eternally Song


Costume Design: MASUDA Emi (MOMA WORKSHOP)

Lighting Design: INABA Naoto (Art Stage Lighting Group)

Sound Engineering: AOKI Hisashi (Figaro Sound Works)

Stage Manager: ASANUMA Nobuo (The Stuff)

Associate Stage Director: INAYAMA Akiko

Interview with Artists

Read the full article of the interview with FUJIKI Daichi

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)

PhotoFUJIKI Daichi; Original Conception, Music Selection, and Countertenor Performance
PhotoTAIRA Jo; Libretto, Direction, and Set Design
PhotoKATO Masanori; Music Direction, Composition, Arrangement, and Piano Performance
PhotoOWADA Baku, Reading
PhotoOWADA Miho, Reading
PhotoNARITA Tatsuki, Violin
PhotoSUHO Ryosuke, Violin
PhotoTOJO Kei, Viola
PhotoKAMIMURA Ayano, Cello


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Tickets not available.


[Additional Ticket Sales]

About 10 tickets for S-seat go on sale on Sat, Jun 11 at 10:00. (only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office) Pre-sale sold out


S6,600yen A4,400yen B2,200yen *A, B Sold Out

Under-26s S3,300yen A2,200yen

Seniors aged 65 and above S5,940yen Pre-sale sold out

Persons with disabilities S5,500yen (The same price applies to one companion.)

* Group Sales (Seat S/Groups of 10 or more): Please contact the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office for further details.

*Seat B and discount tickets are only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office. Valid ID required.


* The tickets will be on sale by following the guidelines and other regulations set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that the ticket sales are subject to suspension depending on the restriction of the seating capacity and the sales situation.

* The frontmost row is the row D.

* On the ticket sales starting date, the tickets will be on sale at full capacity.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart (PDF)

On Sale Date

Sat, Apr 9, 2022

Advance online sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Members: Sat, Apr 2-Thu, Apr 7

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children are accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mothers 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by Fri, Jun 17, 17:00.
COVID-19 Safe Event Checklist (PDF *only in Japanese)


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section +81-3-3828-2111

Organizers & Supporters

Organizer: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Endorsed by: TOKYO FM

Partners & Grantors

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Platinum Partners: Ueno Seiyoken/HASEKO Group

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Gold Partners: THE ASAHI SHINKIN BANK/Bourbon Corporation