Composer Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto Hanna Dübgen
Director Chen Shi-Zheng
Conductor John Kennedy
Set design Chris Barreca
Lighting design Scott Zielinski
Video design Olivier Rosset
Costume design Elizabeth Caitlin Ward
Pureum Jo (Matsukaze); Jihee Kim (Murasame); Gary Simpson (Monk); and Thomas Meglioranza (Fisherman)
Harmonious sounds and haunting songs converge in this exquisite production of Matsukaze (Japanese for “wind in the pines”). Inspired by a popular 15th-century play crafted in part by Noh master Zeami, the opera features a spare, ethereal score by Toshio Hosokawa, one of Japan’s most prominent living composers of contemporary classical music. Matsukaze tells the story of two sisters, two lingering spirits, who wander the porous boundary of the living and the dead in hopes of being freed from a former mortal lover. John Kennedy conducts the Talea Ensemble and a cast of soloists and chorus in this arresting, dreamlike performance set in the shadowy place where the wall between the ephemeral and the corporeal disappears.
Sung in German with English supertitles.
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“The sounds of waves, of wind, of nature in a world where the dead move as close as breath to the living…meticulously made and compellingly beautiful…five stars.”
This performance is approximately one hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission.
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