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Posted on December 2, 2021

Changes in artists of the NHK Symphony Orchestra Beethoven 9th Symphony Concerts

Due to the government’s announcement banning all incoming new foreign visitors to Japan effective November 29th as border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of the omicron variant , artists from overseas who were scheduled to perform in the NHK Symphony Orchestra’s Beethoven Symphony 9th Concerts are not able to enter Japan. Therefore there will be partial change in performers in the Beethoven 9th Symphony Concerts. The program remains the same. We appreciate your understanding.
(Changes are underlined)



Conductor: Tadaaki Otaka

*Initially scheduled to conduct on 22nd only, but will conduct all the concerts.

Soprano: Maki Mori

Mezzo-soprano: Etsuko Kanoh

Tenor: Makoto Sakurada

Baritone: Takaoki Onishi(22nd& 27th)
Tsuyoshi Mihara (25th & 26th)

Chorus: Tokyo Opera Singers

Organ: Masayo Katsuyama (27th only)

* Changes are made from the originally planned Fabio Luisi (conductor scheduled for December 25th, 26th and 27th), Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano), Stuart Skelton (tenor) and Mika Kares (bass).


【Dates and times】

<Beethoven 9th Symphony Concerts>
Wednesday, December 22nd 7:00pm (Orchard Hall)
Saturday, December 25th 4:00pm (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)
Sunday, December 26th 2:00pm (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)


<NHK Symphony Orchestra Beethoven 9th Special Concert presented by Japan Post Insurance Co., Ltd>
Monday, December 27th 7:00pm (Suntory Hall)