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August 11th, 2015, 06:42 AM

25 Years ago, my college dorm mate introduced me to opera when we both attended the U of Rochester, home of the Eastman School of Music. I became a fan opera music since. He went on and continued his studies and career in conducting and composing. This month, traveling from Tokyo where he is currently based, will be conducting the premier performance of the first of his three full length operas in the States.

I am excited to share this news to you and if you are in the Los Angeles vicinity, don't miss this event on the 22nd.

This is an opera sang in Japanese, and influenced by traditional Japanese music art forms. However, it's also presented similarly to Western operas. I am not qualified to give a review, so come and listen & watch for yourselves.

From the official poster:


The opera, “Princess from the Moon (KAGUYA-HIME)”, its music and libretto written by Japan’s critically acclaimed conductor, Maestro Hideaki HIRAI (www.hideaki-hirai.com), is based on the classic Japanese folktale, “Tale of Taketori (a bamboo-cutter)” or “Kaguya-Hime (Princess Kaguya)”.

The story is the Japan's oldest and one of the most well-known fairytales. This opera has been performed in Salzburg, Anif, Prague, and Canberra as well as many cities in Japan. It has already become one of the most favorite and frequently performed Japanese operas.

This is the U. S. premiere performance of the Opera, "KAGUYA-HIME".

Cast consists of artists based in the US and Japan.

The Princess Kaguya: Nobuko Takahashi
Mikado (The Emperor): Katsuji Miura
Okina (An Old Bamboo Cutter): Toshihiro Tachibana
Ohna (Okina’s wife): Hiromi Morota
Prince Kuramochi (A Handsome Prince): Nadav Hart
Dainagon (Grand Counsellor): Benito Galindo
Chunagon (Middle Counsellor): Steve Moritsugu
Kuge (Courtier): Eliseo Zari
Prince Ishizukuri (Master of Bamboo Flute): Roberto Esquivelzeta
Sato-no-musume (A village maiden): Manami Sugimori
King of the Moon: Steve Moritsugu

Kaguya-Hime L.A. Chorus
Kaguya-Hime L.A. Mothers’ & Children’s Chorus

Kaguya-Hime L.A. Orchestra conducted by Maestro Hideaki Hirai

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 11th, 2015, 12:22 PM
Nice. Welcome to Opera Lively. This poster doesn't need to be restricted to the Classifieds area and easily belong in the General Operatic Discussion or News. It wouldn't be wrong to re-post it there.