Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XXI Announcement of the 2025 Program Verdi: La Traviata

We are happy to announce the 2025 Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XXI program.

The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy’s 21st Opera Project will feature La Traviata, one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Based on the original literature by Alexandre Dumas fils, Verdi uses beautiful lyrical melodies to portray the unrequited love and sad fate of Violetta, a high-class courtesan who lives in the glamorous society of 19th century Paris. The opera is filled with famous arias such as “Brindisi / A Drinking Song”, “Libiamo / Let’s Drink from The Joyful Cups”, and “Sempre Libera / Always Free”, and is truly a shining masterpiece in the history of opera. La Traviata is one of the most performed operas around the world and 2025 will be the first presentation by the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy.

Maestro Diego Matheuz, principal conductor of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy, together with director David Kneuss, and set and costume designer Robert Pardziola, will create a mesmerizing production. Violetta will be played by Nina Minasyan, an Armenian soprano who is well-regarded for the role. Kang Wang, a Chinese-Australian tenor who is a rising star in the opera world will play the role of Alfredo. Germont, the father of Alfredo, will be sung by one of the greatest modern baritones, American Quinn Kelsey.

The Seiji Ozawa Music Academy will keep Seiji Ozawa’s name as the founder/permanent Artistic Director and inherit his spirit.
Please look forward to another wonderful performances in 2025.

Details including ticket prices and release dates will be announced in the near future.

Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project XXI
La Traviata

Opera in three acts in Italian with Japanese titles


March 14 (Fri), March 16 (Sun) ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Main Hall
March 20 (Thu/Holiday) , March 22 (Sat)  Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Main Hall

Violetta Valéry: Nina Minasyan
Alfredo Germont: Kang Wang
Giorgio Germont: Quinn Kelsey
And more

Founder / Permanent Artistic Director: Seiji Ozawa
Conductor: Diego Matheuz
Director: David Kneuss
Set and Costume Designer: Robert Perdziola
Orchestra: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Orchestra

Presented by: Seiji Ozawa Music Academy /VEROZA Japan Company Ltd.
City of Kyoto, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City music art cultural Promoting Foundation) *Kyoto Performances
Co-presented by: Rohm Music Foundation
Sponsored by: ROHM Co., Ltd.
Produced by: VEROZA Japan Company Ltd.