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Performing Arts Creation Project
New opera commissioned through an international co-production with Japan Society (New York City)
note to a friend

David LANG, one of the most prominent composers in the United States, and the stage director OIDA Yoshi are teaming up for the first time to Japan premiere a new opera. The production is based on AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke's works: "Aru kyuyu e okuru shuki (A Note to a Certain Old Friend)" and "Tenkibo (Death Register)."

* Upon attending the performance, please visit this link to go through our precautionary measures and notice to visitors to help prevent the COVID-19 spread.
Please note that there might be changes depending on decisions and orders by the Japanese and Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other governmental authorities.

Date Sat, Feb 4, 2023 15:00 (Open 14:30)
Sun, Feb 5, 2023 15:00 (Open 14:30)
Venue

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall

Genre TBK productions Opera


Flyer (PDF)

Approximate Running Time

1 hour, no intermission


Notice to our patrons who are attending this performance

Please follow the below measures to help prevent the COVID-19 spread. Your understanding and cooperation are much appreciated.


⁃ We ask you not to come to the venue if you seem to have symptoms such as a fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, or simply not feeling well.


⁃ Wear a face mask to cover your nose and mouth. Please show consideration for fellow audience members.


⁃ Strictly follow the precautions against infectious diseases such as the cough etiquette and washing and disinfecting your hands frequently.


⁃ Our staff members conduct temperature screening with thermal imaging cameras for all those who are entering the venue. If you have a fever of 37.5°C/99.5°F or higher, you are not allowed to enter the venue.


⁃ No beverage is sold in the Recital Hall area.


⁃ Show your ticket to the usher. Then tear off the stub by yourself and put it in the box.


⁃ We do not hand out program leaflets and such printed materials. Please pick them up by yourself from specific areas.


⁃ The cloakroom is closed except for large luggage.


⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.


Program

note to a friend (Opera in 1 act. Sung in English with Japanese surtitles.)


Movements of the Opera

1. prelude


2. people who kill themselves


3. my mother had lost her mind


4. I had a sister


5. first instrumental


6. my father had a store


7. my mother my sister my father


8. second instrumental


9. I wanted to die


10. long silence


Based on

AKUTAGAWA Ryunosuke’s “Aru kyuyu e okuru shuki (A Note to a Certain Old Friend)” and “Tenkibo (Death Register)”


Music and Libretto

David LANG


Production

OIDA Yoshi


Creators

Stage Design (Set, Lighting, Costume, and Painting): Tom SCHENK


Lighting Design Assistant: YOKOYAMA Marie


Stage Manager: ITO Jun (The Stuff)


Cast

Vocal: Theo BLECKMANN


Actor (silent role): Cyrus MOSHREFI


 


Violin:


NARITA Tatsuki *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 5th Tokyo Music Competition


SEKI Tomotaka *1st prize of String section at the 16th Tokyo Music Competition


Viola: TAHARA Ayako *1st prize and Audience Award of String section at the 11th Tokyo Music Competition


Cello: KAMIMURA Ayano *2nd prize of String section at the 5th Tokyo Music Competition


 


◇View artists profiles in flyer (PDF only in Japanese)


Interview

Read the full article of the interview with David LANG


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan quarterly magazine “Onmyaku” (PDF only in Japanese)


PhotoDavid LANG, Music and Libretto
PhotoOIDA Yoshi, Production
PhotoTheo BLECKMANN, Vocal
PhotoCyrus MOSHREFI, Actor (silent role)
PhotoNARITA Tatsuki, Violin
PhotoSEKI Tomotaka, Violin
PhotoTAHARA Ayako, Viola
PhotoKAMIMURA Ayano, Cello

Tickets

Prices (tax included)

S6,600yen A4,400yen B2,200yen


Under-26s: S3,300yen A2,200yen


Age 65 and above (50 seats): S5,940yen


Persons with disabilities: S5,500yen (The price applies to one companion)


* Group Sales (Seat S/Groups of 10 or more): Please contact the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office for further details.


* Seat-B and discount tickets are only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office. Valid ID required.


 


* The tickets will be on sale by following the guidelines and other regulations set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that the ticket sales are subject to suspension depending on the restriction of the seating capacity and the sales situation.


* The frontmost row is the row D.


* On the ticket sales starting date, the tickets will be on sale at full capacity.


Seating Chart of Recital Hall

View Seating Chart


On Sale Date

Sat, Oct 22, 2022


Advance online sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Members: Sat, Oct 15-Thu, Oct 20


BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office


Other Information

* This production contains suicide-related contents.
* The program is subject to change under certain circumstances.
* Pre-school children are not allowed to attend this performance.
* Child care service is available. (Reservation and fee required. A limited number of children is accepted.)
Event Child Care Service: Mother's 0120-788-222
Reservation must be made by Fri, Jan 27, 17:00.

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Inquiries

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Production Section +81-3-3828-2111


Organizers & Supporters

Organizer: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture


International Co-production with: Japan Society (New York City)


Partners & Grantors

Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Platinum Partners: Ueno Seiyoken/HASEKO Group


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Official Gold Partners: THE ASAHI SHINKIN BANK/Bourbon Corporation