“The Daughter“ (mezzo-soprano)
Tokyo 2019 (revised premiere)
Chieko Noda is from Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Musashino Academia Musicae and graduated from the Tokyo Nikkai Opera Foundation’s 58th Master Class course. She was awarded merit as a finalist at the Ishikawa City Promotion for Culture Foundation’s 28th New Artist Contest. Opera is at the core of Noda’s activity; notable roles at the New National Theater Tokyo to date include Child Spirit II (The Magic Flute), Flora (La Traviata), Mercédès (Carmen) and Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus). She made her European debut in 2017 with the Filarmonica Brasov Symphony Orchestra, Romania. Noda is an associate member of the Nikkai Opera Foundation and chorus member at the New National Theater Tokyo.
“At first glance, the daughter appears as though she is a weak victim of her parent’s peculiar preferences. However, I felt that she is actually the ‘joker’ of the story. Furthermore, the daughter brought to life by the performer and through Francesca’s interpretation of Tanizaki’s character, had a greatly developed personality, almost becoming a different person; it is this character’s behaviour which increasingly distorts the family. It was a really difficult role, but I am incredibly grateful to have been involved in such a fantastic work.”