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Dai Fujikura: A Dream of ArmageddonWorld premiere

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New National Theatre, Tokyo: Opera House1-1-1 Honmachi Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0071, Japan
November 15 14:00, November 18 19:00, November 21 14:00, November 23 14:00
Performers
New National Theatre
Kazushi OnoConductor
Lydia SteierDirector
Barbara EhnesSet Designer
Ursula KudrnaCostume Designer
Peter TantsitsTenorCooper Hedon
Seth CaricoBass-baritoneFortnum Roscoe / Johnson Evesham
Jessica AszodiSopranoBella Loggia
Etsuko KanohMezzo-sopranoThe inspector
Mochizuki TetsuyaTenorThe Singer / The Cynic
Christopher KondekVideo Artist
Olaf FreeseLighting Designer
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
New National Theatre Chorus

Following on from Asters, this is the second in our series of commissioned works by Japanese composers. This is a new opera by prolific composer and music pioneer Fujikura Dai, who lives in London and is sought out by opera houses and orchestras around the world. This is the third opera by Fujikura, although only a concert version of Solaris has ever been performed in Japan. This performance is bound to draw national and international attention.

The theme chosen by Fujikura is A Dream of Armageddon, a short science fiction story written by H. G. WELLS at the beginning of the 20th century. Poet Harry ROSS, a long-time associate of Fujikura, worked on the libretto (in English), while Fujikura, in his typical bold style, transformed it into an opera that freely transcends space and time with a thrilling portrayal of the threats around us who live in the present age. Adapted from the original work, which evinces anxiety about science and technology leading to world war and mass murder.

American director Lydia Steier will direct this new work, noted for her work on Die Zauberflöte at the 2018 Salzburg Festival. Conducting will be our Artistic Director of Opera, Ono Kazushi. Following on from Asters, universally acclaimed by Japanese and international media, the NNTT, is proud to present the world with this opera by a Japanese composer. No opera, music or drama fan should miss the advent of this work.

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