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Anna Etsuko Tsuri

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Anna Etsuko Tsuri is an Internationally recognized opera director and lighting designer, who speaks French, German, Austrian German, Italian, English and Japanese.

Over the past 10 years she has been the Director, Lighting Designer and Production Designer for more than 10 productions in Vienna, Berlin, Riga and Tokyo. Her credits encompass 80 productions at opera houses and theaters in Germany, Austria, France, Latvia, Japan and the USA, including the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Komische Oper Berlin, Bayreuth Festival for Young Artist, Théâtre du Soleil à Paris, Bregenz Festival, Dortmund Opera House and Opera Nomori Tokyo.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Anna began from the age of 6 to take piano lessons. She graduated from University in Japan in Flute and Conducting. She then went to Europe to study at the Music College “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin in the department of “Opera Stage Direction." She was the first Japanese candidate to pass the very difficult entrance examination in 2002.

In January 2005 she moved to Vienna as an intern at the Vienna Stats Opera. That summer she passed the entrance examination at the University of Music and Theatre Vienna in the department of “Opera Stage Direction” and was also the first Japanese student there. Since then, in addition to her studies, she had practical experience at the Vienna State Opera as an active member of the company in the departments for Lighting, Assistant Set Designer and Costume.

Anna herself has created numerous opera projects including ​“Cenerentola” by Rossini (the complete version and her original short version for children) in Vienna, ​“La Finta Giardiniera” by Mozart at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, ​“Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdinck (the complete version and her original short version for children), and many revivals and tours in Vienna, St.Pölten, Kilb, Deutschwagram in Austria, “Erwartung” by Schoenberg in Vienna, “The Telephone” by Menotti in two revivals in Vienna, “Die Berg Knappen” by Umlauf in St.Pölten in Austria, and “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Mozart (Partial) in Berlin. Read more...​

Production of "Erwartung" by Schoenberg in April 2008 in Vienna was an especially big success. The Schoenberg family, came from the US to Vienna to see this performance and praised it very much saying: "The Father Schoenberg would have wished for exactly this direction. The direction was very musical and the scene is exactly according to the text, although the text has a really very complicated content."

During her many activities, Anna also gained important experiences at various theaters and festivals outside of Vienna Stats Opera as assistant for direction, stage manager, technical direction and lighting among others at the Metropolitan Opera NY, the Komische Oper Berlin, Bayreuth Festival for Young Artists, the Bregenz Festival, the Dortmund Opera under Artistic Director Ms. Christine Mielitz, the Schoenbrunn Palace Theater Vienna, Opera Nomori Tokyo, Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto in Japan under General Director Maestro Seiji Ozawa and at the Latvia youth music master course. ​Read more....

In 2009 Anna moved to Paris for the opportunity to be intern at the Théâtre du Soleil in Paris under General Director Ms. Ariane Mnouchkine. There, she assisted in all of the rehearsals for the theater’s new production of “Les Naufragés du fol Espoir,” that is in a very successful piece in Ms. Mnouchkine’s repertoire. During this internship, Anna also studied clown theatre in traditional french style.

Her work has been broadcast on television, newspaper and radio, written up in books and published in DVD format.
In 2009, Japan’s main television network-NHK- featured her in a one hour long television documentary program. The world famous conductor, Maestro Seiji Ozawa lavished Anna with praise in an interview during that program:
"Anna 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 am working on the music side and Anna is creating opera on the stage side. She is an expert not only in directing but also in lighting, scenery, etc. She is a magnificent worker at the Vienna State Opera. I am really positive about her career."​

Anna Etsuko Tsuri presently resides in NYC and continues to pursue her career in the greatest city in the world!