Photo: Angelika Tippmann

Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg stage Amon Miyamoto’s new production of Kinkakuji (Le Pavillon d’Or).  Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1976, this French creation (a co-production with the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation) is conducted by Paul Daniel with sets by Boris Kudlicka.  Simon Bailey sings the key protagonist Mizoguchi and the cast also includes Dominic Große (Tsurukawa), Paul Kaufman (Kashiwagi) and Yves Saelens (La Père).  Performances run from 21st March to 15th April 2018.

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Further roles in 2018 for Simon include Kaspar Der Freischütz in Stuttgart, Redburn Billy Budd in Frankfurt, a return to WNO for War & Peace, a concert performance of Fujikura’s Solaris in Tokyo and From the House of the Dead at the Brno Festival.