Japan Society Commissions Opera Based on Natsume Soseki Novel

September 13, 2017 7:30 pmtoSeptember 16, 2017 9:30 pm



Four Nights of Dream, Japan Society, NYC, Japan, Natsume Soseki, Alec Duffy, Moto Osada, opera

Four Nights of Dream  

Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Admission: $55/$45 Japan Society members

This Japan Society 110th Anniversary Commission is based on a novel by revered Japanese author Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) and reimagined into an opera.

A frustrated samurai. An unwieldy herd of pigs. A mysterious murder. A woman’s dying wish. Four surreal stories from Soseki’s Ten Nights of Dream come to life in Four Nights of Dream, a contemporary chamber opera that traverses the subconscious through colorful melodies and piercing emotions. For this new production, New York vocalists and Tokyo instrumentalists come together to perform within a spellbinding and ever-morphing set.

Hear from director Alec Duffy and Librettist Moto Osada in Japan Society’s video here.

Four Nights of Dream

  • Music and Libretto: Moto Osada
  • Conductor: Ken-David Masur
  • Director: Alec Duffy
  • Set Designer: Mimi Lien
  • Costume Designer: Oana Botez
  • Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak
  • Singers: Marisa Karchin, Gloria Park, Christopher Sokolowski, Makoto Winkler, Jesse Malgieri, Rocky Sellers
  • Instrumentalists: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Chamber Orchestra

Performed in English.

The opening night performance on Wednesday, September 13 will be followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Afterparty, and the performance on Friday, September 15 will be followed by an artist Q&A.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.