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World Premiere of Akira Nishimura's Asters in Tokyo

Feb. 01, 2019

World Premiere of Akira Nishimura's <em>Asters</em> in Tokyo

Akira Nishimura's opera Asters recieves its world premiere on February 17 at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Conducted by Kazushi Ono and directed by Yoshi Oida, Asters's libretto, written by Mikiro Sasaki is based on a novella by Jun Ishikawa (1899-1987) which depicts the fate and struggles of a Heian period artist in a fantastical world that extends into the underworld. Nishimura composed the opera at Kazushi Ono's request, and it is the the first opera that Ono will conduct in his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the New National Theatre. Performances run through February 24.

Listen to Akira Nishimura’s Mantra of the Light for female chorus and orchestra here:

(Mantra of the Light/Akira Nishimura/Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and
Women of the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus)

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