Japan Society Commissions Opera Based on Natsume Soseki Novel



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.