『Nĕn-NĕnĕKŏ』an Opera

Nĕn-NĕnĕKŏ, Tokyo Premiere 2017
Nĕn-NĕnĕKŏ, Tokyo Premiere 2017

The time is Azuchi Momoyama Era, Japan. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the conqueror of the kingdoms falls for food poisoning. When his wife and queen Nĕnĕ is also about to fall from stress and fatigue trying to run the thrown room during his absence, dream and reality start to merge into a strange potpourri of opera…

This work was an attempt in combining opera and pop comedy in an ancient Japanese setting. The work was designed in both languages at the same time, and the actual performance had no subtitles. The English speaking character was not understood to the Japanese character as well as the Japanese audience, but the Japanese character plays on this fact, as usually a casual viewer(or listener) of an opera will not know what they are saying.  The work was preceded by a lecture about sleep deprivation(as it being at a university) by Seiji Nishino, and thus the theme of the opera was set to match this.
Premiered October 21, 2017 Tokyo University, Japan

CAST and STAFF

Nĕnĕ – (Soprano)

Kyoko Shimozaki

Kăgĕmushă  – (Tenor)

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Shakuhachi / Narration

Baisho Matsumoto
Baisho Matsumoto

Kuloko – (Baritone)

Takashi Kanda
Takashi Kanda

Shota Mondo – Guitar

Yuta Aikawa – Percussion

Tai Hasegawa – Producer

Seiji Nishino – Lecture

Sakagch Akeala, Benjamin Belew
story, script, music, visual design, piano, director

 

Article(Japanese)by 世界睡眠会議

 

 

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