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Spoleto Festival USA
Sponsored By: BMW Manufacturing Co. •
Venue: Dock Street Theatre
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes
Composed By Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto By Hannah Dübgen
Directed By Chen Shi-Zheng
Conducted by John Kennedy
With a hypnotic tapestry of sound, Toshio Hosokawa—one of Japan’s most prominent living composers—conjures up the spirit world of the Noh play on which his ethereal new opera is based. A traveling monk encounters two ghostly sisters—Matsukaze (Wind-in-the-Pines) and Murasame (Autumn-Rain)—who are fated to wander the earth until they can find release from their mortal lover who left
them hundreds of years before. Directed by acclaimed Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, who was responsible for the Festival productions of The Peony Pavilion and Monkey: Journey to the West. Spoleto Festival USA Resident Conductor John Kennedy conducts a score that was declared “compellingly beautiful” by The Financial Times (London).
Sung in German with English supertitles.
Set designer: Chris Barreca
Costume designer: Elizabeth Caitlin Ward
Video Designer: Olivier Roset
Lighting Designer: Scott Zielinski
Additional support provided by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation. These performances are made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.