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Friday, Feb. 11, 2005

OF NOTE

'Lulu' at New National Theater

The New National Theater, Tokyo, is currently showing "Lulu," Alban Berg's sprawling operatic masterpiece depicting the vicissitudes of the life of Lulu, a vampire who fascinates and ruins all the people she encounters.

The music by the Austrian composer is complicated and subtle, being characterized by 12-note serial motifs and structures in diverse styles. The production, which will be performed in two acts, is directed by British native David Pountney with Anton Reck conducting. In the main roles, Yumi Koyama performs as Countess Geschwitz, Jiro Takano as Dr. Schon and Shinobu Sato as Lulu.

"Lulu" runs till Feb. 17. To order tickets, call (03) 5352-9999, or see the Web sites www.t.pia.co.jp and www.eee.eplus.co.jp Ticket prices range between 1,500 yen and 21,000 yen.



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