About Sawakami Opera Foundation
The Sawakami Opera Foundation is Public Interest Incorporated Foundation established to spread opera culture in Japan and to enrich life of many Japanese through enjoying the taste of the luxury.
We support activities of young artists, provide educational support, as well as co-produce Japan Opera Festival and hold open-air operas throughout the country with Teatro Communale di Bologna of Italy since 2015.
Greetings from the President
Our foundation is established to broaden the base of opera in Japan, with the strong belief that Arts and Culture should stand superior to commercialism. Nowadays, however, money often comes first in opera or classic concerts everywhere in the world.
We are ambitious to challenge such money oriented tendency, and to restore what opera should be through following activities.
Firstly, we invite world top level opera house and philharmonie once or twice a year to Japan. Aiming at the genuine opera performance, we will distribute ticket exclusively to those who really wish to enjoy the opera. Direct sales of ticket not using ticket house enables us to control and elevate the level of audience.
Secondly, we endeavor to widen the opera lovers in Japan, particularly among young people. In every opera performance, we offer them several tens of cheap seats.
Thirdly, we conduct once a year open audition in Tokyo, Kyoto and Bologna to recruit potential opera singer. Those candidates who obtained high scores are awarded with scholarship to Italy for one year.
About Chairman Atsuto Sawakami
Atsuto Sawakami is Chairman of Sawakami Asset Management Company and the Sawakami Opera Foundation.He was Representative of Pictet & Cie Japan from 1980 to 1996 before establishing Sawakami Asset Management Inc. in 1996 and founding Japan’s first non-affiliated asset management company, Sawakami Asset Management Company in 1999. He is known for the pioneer of long-term investment.
Mr. Sawakami has established the opera foundation in 2014 hoping to enrich life of Japan through art and hosting open-air opera, Japan Opera Festival with the cooperation of Teatro Communale di Bologna of Italy since 2015.
In 2016, he was awarded the Italian decoration, Commendatore dell’Ordinedella Stella della Solidarieta Italiana for his contribution in artistic activities of Japan and Italy by Italian government.