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Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Performing Arts Creation Project/International Co-production Opera "Only the Sound Remains"

Kaija SAARIAHO's opera "Only the Sound Remains" (2016) was written, inspired by Noh dramas: "Tsunemasa" (First Part) and "Hagoromo" (Second Part). This newly directed version makes its Japan debut as an international co-production which includes La Biennale di Venezia.

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

Date Sun, Jun 6, 2021 15:00 (Open 14:15)

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall

Genre TBK productions Opera

Flyer (PDF)

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 Main 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 not available.

⁃ We do not accept flowers and gifts for the artists. Nor can you give them directly to the artists.

⁃ Allow enough time to get into the venue.

About the Work

Kaija SAARIAHO’s “Only the Sound Remains” is her fourth opera based on Noh dramas. SAARIAHO, one of the leading composers today, made its world premiere in 2016 with great success in many western countries.

This newly directed version is an international co-production which includes La Biennale di Venezia featuring a fantastic cast and crew. The up and coming director Aleksi BARRIÈRE, and the top renowned and talented choreographer MORIYAMA Kaiji. Please join us for its long-awaited premiere in Japan!


◇View cast & crew profiles (only in Japanese)


Kaija SAARIAHO: “Only the Sound Remains” (Opera in 2 Parts)

First Part: “Always Strong”

Second Part: “Feather Mantle”

Original Work

Noh dramas: “Tsunemasa” (First Part), “Hagoromo” (Second Part)



Language and Surtitles

Sung in English with Japanese surtitles.





Direction/Set, Costume, Video Design




Set, Lighting, Costume Design


Original Sound Design and Max Program

Christophe LEBRETON

Stage Manager



First Part: “Always Strong”

Spirit: Michał SŁAWECKI (Countertenor)

Priest: Bryan MURRAY (Bass-baritone)

Dance: MORIYAMA Kaiji


Second Part: “Feather Mantle”

Angel: Michał SŁAWECKI (Countertenor)

Fisherman: Bryan MURRAY (Bass-baritone)

Dance: MORIYAMA Kaiji


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Chamber Orchestra

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

Violin: TAKIMURA Eri *1st prize of String section at the 3rd Tokyo Music Competition

Viola: HARA Yuko *2nd prize of String section at the 5th Tokyo Music Competition

Cello: SASANUMA Tatsuki *2nd prize of String section at the 12th Tokyo Music Competition


Flute: Camilla HOITENGA

Percussion: KAMBE Mitsunori


New National Theatre Chorus

Soprano: WATANABE Hitomi

Alto: KITAMURA Noriko

Tenor: HASEGAWA Tadashi

Bass: YAMAMOTO Ryusuke

PhotoKaija SAARIAHO, Music
PhotoClément MAO-TAKACS, Conductor
PhotoAleksi BARRIÈRE, Direction/Set, Costume, Video Design
PhotoMORIYAMA Kaiji, Choreography and Dance
PhotoMichał SŁAWECKI, Countertenor
PhotoBryan MURRAY, Bass-baritone
PhotoNARITA Tatsuki, Violin
PhotoTAKIMURA Eri, Violin
PhotoHARA Yuko, Viola
PhotoSASANUMA Tatsuki, Cello
PhotoEija KANKAANRANTA, Kantele
PhotoCamilla HOITENGA, Flute
PhotoKAMBE Mitsunori, Percussion


Prices (tax included)

[Day tickets]

Tickets for S and A-seat go on sale at 14:00.


S13,200yen A11,000yen B8,800yen C6,600yen D4,400yen E2,200yen *B, C, D, E Sold Out


Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Subscribers: S11,550yen A9,350yen B7,700yen C5,500yen

Seniors aged 65 and above: S12,100yen

Persons with disabilities (The same price applies to one companion.): S11,550yen

Under-26s: A3,300yen

* The discount tickets are only available at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office. Valid ID required.

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

* This performance will have speakers installed in the auditorium.


* Please read before purchasing the tickets:

Regarding this performance, the tickets will be on sale by holding seats at about half-capacity based on “Roadmap to Overcoming COVID-19” set by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Please note that we may ask you to move from your reserved seat to another upon entering the venue depending on other governmental policies.

If the capacity limit is eased, we will sell additional tickets. In case the capacity restriction is tightened again considering the situation of the COVID-19 spread, the tickets additionally sold have to be refunded, and additional ticket holders will not be able to attend the performance.

* The ticket prices have been changed as above from the initial announcement.

Seating Chart

Seating Chart (PDF)

On Sale Date

Sat, Feb 13, 2021

Advance sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Subscribers: Sat, Feb 6, 2021

* Advance sale for Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Membership Subscribers is only available by telephone and online, not available in person. (There is a limit to the number of tickets on purchase.)

BOX Office

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Box Office

Other Information

* 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, May 28, 17:00.
* There is no elevator or escalator in the Main Hall of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.


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