A N N A  E T S U K O  T S U R I  

Opera Director / Lighting Designer

Resident: New York, US 

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Career highlights
 

 Anna Etsuko Tsuri is an internationally experienced opera stage director. Anna has directed numerous opera projects, including Cenerentola and Erwartung in Vienna, La finta Giardiniera in Tokyo, Song Books in Riga, and Le Nozze di Figaro in Berlin. Her US debut was Noli Me Tangere at Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Other credits include 80 productions at opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, Die Komische Opera Berlin, Théâtre du Soleil à Paris, She has been broadcasted on NHK, Japan's national TV network, World Flowers Network JFN, a Japanese radio station, and interviewed in Diana, Latvia's largest newspaper, among others. She is General Director of Opera Pomme Rouge and runs the Young Artist Program. 

Languages

German

French

English

Italian

Austrian German

Japanese

My Productions
 
DIRECTOR 

Director         Opera The Diary of Anne Frank        Blue Building (NYC)                                        2018

Director         Interactive opera Meistersinger at  the Queens Library  / Blue Building (NYC)   2017

 

Director         The Mountain and the Valley (World premiere) at the St. Mary’s E. C. / T. L. C. (NYC)   2016

Director        Hansel and Gretel (Interactive version) at  J.F. Kennedy Ctr (DC) / Queens Museum (NY) 2016

 

Director/Choreographer    Frolicking with the Birds at  Director’s Club (NY) / Smile’15 (NJ)   2015

 

Director        Der Schauspieldirektor  at  The Shetler Studios & Theaters (NY)    2015

 

Director        Noli Me Tangere by F.P. De Leon  at Eisenhower Theater in  J.F.Kennedy Center (DC)   2014

 

Director        Requiem by Gabriel Fauré  at  Labyrinth Choir in St.John’s (MA)    2013

 

Director        Corn Mother (World premiere)  at Orfeo Duo Neighborhood Project  (NY)   2013

 

Director         Song books by John Cage at  Spikeru Concert Hall / WGP Hall (Latvia)    2012

 

Director         La Finta Giardiniera (Opera-Rakugo style)  at  New National Theatre Tokyo    2009

 

Director        La Cenerentola  at The Max. Reinhardt Seminar (Vienna)        2009

Director        Erwartung  at  New Studio Theatre (Vienna)    2008

Director        Hänsel und Gretel   at  National Tour in Austria        2007

Director        Die Bergknappen   at  St.Pölten Theatre im Hof (Austria)    2007

Director        The Telephone  at National Tour in Austria 2006 to 2008

Director        Kleine Hänsel und Gretel  at  School Tour in Vienna 2006 to 2007

Director        Seiji Ozawa 70thh Anniversary concert at Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto (Japan) 2005

 

Director        Le Nozze di Figaro (excerpts)    at 301 Theatre in HfM (Berlin)    2004

 

For the detailed information, please visit the page ​"Productions" 

LIGHTING DESIGN / PRODUCTION DESIGN / SET DESIGN

Lighting Design       Hansel and Gretel (Interactive version)    Kennedy Ctr (DC)/Queens Museum (NY) 2016

 

Lighting/Production design   The Mountain and the Valley (World premiere)  St. Mary’s E.C (NY)  2016

Lighting/Production design          Frolicking with the Birds    Director’s Club(NY) / Smile’15(NJ)   2015

Lighting Design          Samurai Shakespeare “R&J” at Ida K. Lang Theatre     Hunter College (NY)  2014

Lighting Design          The Dwarf   at Vertical Player Repertory / Blue Building (NY)     2013

Lighting/Production Design     Song Books     Spikeru Concert Hall / WGP Hall (Latvia) 2012

Lighting/Production Design    La Cenerentola    The Max. Reinhardt Seminar (Vienna)   2009

Lighting/Production Design    Erwartung    New Studio Theatre (Vienna)   2008

Lighting/Production Design          Hänsel und Gretel    National Tour in Austria       2007

Lighting/Production Design          Die Bergknappen        St. Pölten Theatre im Hof (Austria)  2007

Lighting/Production Design       The Telephone    National Tour in Austria 2006 to  2008

Lighting/Set Design     Kleine Hänsel und Gretel    School Tour in Vienna 2006 to 2007    

 

For the detailed information, please visit the page ​"Productions" 

Skills : Music

Piano

Flute

Conducting

Score Reading (Full & Vocal)

Music Analysis

Skills : Dance

International Ballroom Dance     Waltz

Tango

Viennese waltz 

Quickstep

Samba

Cha-cha     

Rumba

Paso Doble

Skills : Acting

Drama 

Clowning 

Stage Fencing (Firenze style)

Pantomime (Basic)

Skills : Others

Stage Manager

Child Directing

Budgeting

Rehearsal Scheduling

Excellent Organization

Costume making

Hobbies

Singing

Skating

Swimming

Horseback riding

Baking cookies

Anna's favorite phrase 

Boys (and girls), be ambitious! 

Where has Anna lived?  

Tokyo 1977 to 2002

Berlin 2002 - 2004

Dortmund 2004

Vienna 2005 - 2009

Paris 2009 - 2010

New York 2011 -  Present !!

US Permanent Resident 


2010 - present

2010 - present

RELATED EXPERIENCE

 

Carnegie Hall                          Junko Ichikawa Piano Concert         Artistic Director 2015

 

Carnegie Hall                         Saito Kinen Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa         Chorus Manager 2010

 

Vienna State Opera              30 productions from 2005 to 2010             Electrician and dresser

                                                       Aida / Arabella / Un Ballo in Maschera / La Bohème / Carmen /

                                                                            Cavalleria Rusticana / Don Giovanni / Eugene Onegin / Falstaff /

                                                                            Die Fledermaus / L’italiana in Algeri / Jenufa / Lohengrin /

                                                                            Lucia di Lammermoor / Manon / Manon Lescaut / Moses und Aron /

                                                                            Otello / Pagliacci / Parsifal / Pique Dame / Rigoletto / Roméo et Juliette /

                                                                            Der Rosenkavalier / La Sonnambula / Tannhäuser / Tosca / Die Tote Stadt /  

                                                                             La Traviata / Die Walküre / Werther      

 

Vienna State Opera               Faust         Assistant Set Designer    2008

 

Bregenz Festival (Austria)     Death in Venice directed by Yoshi Oida      Title Manager / Electrician    2007

Tokyo Opera Nomori Festival     Otello        Assistant Orchestra Manager 2006

 

Saito Kinen Festival (Japan)    Le Nozze di Figaro for Youth        Assistant Producer    2005

For the detailed information, please visit the page "Training"  

TRAINING

Washington National Opera   Production of Candide               Stage direction observer             2018

The Metropolitan Opera         18 productions in 2010 - 2011 season 

                                                     Stage Directing / Lighting / Technical / Media & Radio / Special Event Observer

                                                                                  Anna Bolena / The Enchanted Island / Faust / Don Giovanni / Siegfried / Capriccio /

                                                                                  Le Comte Ory / Iphigénie en Tauride / Nixon in China / Rigoletto / Trovatore / Die Walküre /

                                                                                  Wozzeck / Simon Boccanegra / The Queen of Spades  

 

Le Théâtre du Soleil (Paris)      Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir                 Direction Intern  2009 to 2010

 

Vienna State Opera                   3 new productions of 2007 - 2008 season   Technical Intern    2007 to 2008

                                                                                 Capriccio / La Forza Del Destino / Die Walküre                     

 

Vienna State Opera                   Werther / Otello                         Stage Direction Intern                 2005 & 2008

 

Die Komische Oper Berlin        L’ Enfant et les Sortilèges         Stage Direction Intern                 2007

 

Festival Young Artist Bayreuth   Rote Brief Tasche / Grettir     Assistant stage director              2003 & 2004

 

Theater Dortmund (Germany) 3 new productions of 2004     Assistant Stage Director              2004

                                                                                   Zwei Krawatten / Der Wildschütz / Madame Butterfly

For the detailed information, please visit the page "Training" 

STAGE MANAGER

Stage Manager              Concert for Japan Earthquake Relief           The Great Hall at CCNY (NY)     2011

 

Stage Manager               Die Fledermaus                                               Schönbrunner Palace Theatre (Vienna)     2007

 

Stage Manager               Viva la Mamma                                                Schönbrunner Palace Theatre (Vienna)    2005

 

Assistant Director          Il Matrimonio Segreto                                     New Studio Theatre (Vienna)      2005

 

Assistant Director          Albert Herring                                                   Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler Berlin 2002

 

 

For the detailed information, please visit the page ​"Training" 

Education
 

​University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Opera Stage Directing     Master of Arts    2011

​Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler Berlin”

Opera Stage Directing       2002-2005

​Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo  (2001)

Flute / Conducting       Bachelor of Music  2001

Music Education for youth, age 13-18     Certification 2001

Features and Awards
 

TV appearance, DVD & Book 

Hour documentary “First Japanese” on NHK (JP’s main TV network)



TV appearance 

“Back Stage Tour with Seiji Ozawa at the Vienna State Opera” on NHK


Radio appearance 

Interview at the program “World Flowers Network” on JFN /on Latvian Radio's Internet TV
 

Newspaper appearance

Interview at the Latvian main newspaper “Diena” / New York Shukan Seikatsu
 

Magazine appearance

Featured at "A Passion of Opera" on the international Opera magazine printed in London, Opera Now 

Member  

International network of successful Japanese women working abroad “HWW”
 

Conducting Competition 

“Silver” at the Brass Band Orchestra H.S. competition as Conductor, Japan
 

Fellowship  

Rohm Music Foundation, Japan


Scholarship  

ÖH Stipendium (Austria College Foundation)

 

Training

Vienna State Opera / Metropolitan Opera / Komische Oper Berlin / Théâter de Soleil, Paris

Dortmund Opera House / Bregenz Youth Summer Festival / Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival

Founded

Opera Pomme Rouge (NY)

Critical Acclaim
 

- Maestro Seiji Ozawa : NHK TV interview -

Ms.Tsuri is great!  She knows everything about the day-to-day operations of opera.  I'm certain that she'll become a key figure in the Japanese Opera world.  I work on the music side and Anna creates opera on the stage side.  She is an expert not only in directing but also in lighting, scenery, etc.  She does magnificent work at the Vienna State Opera.  I feel positively about her career."



– The Schoenberg family  : 
private message after the performance of “Erwartung” in Vienna -

"My father (the composer, Arnold Schönberg) would have wished for this exact direction.  It was very musical and the scenes are exactly according to the text, despite its very complicated content."



- Magazin “Stadt Leben”, Austria, Deutsch-Wagram, monthly journal :
Reviewing the youth opera production, “Kleine Hänsel und Gretel” -


​“Lovingly stage directed by Anna Etsuko Tsuri.   The singers did not merely perform on stage.  Moreover, they walked among the audience and shared the play face to face…the performance was filled with excitement….” 

© 2013-2019 by Anna Etsuko Tsuri