Today, Kazuko Narita's new opera Yumé will be performed in Paris, at the Maison de la Culture du Japon, as part of the Festival d'Île-de-France.
The libretto by Jacques Keriguy is based on the Nô play Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines), already adapted as an opera by Toshio Hosokawa (first performed in Brussels in May 2011).
Two sisters, in love with an exiled prince and abandoned by their lovers, have killed themselves. Their ghost now resides in a pine tree, on the shore where their love blossomed. Despair, jealousy, illusions, rebellion mingle, obscure passions and dreams intertwine.The singer Dominique Visse as countertenor and baritone, performs all the parts in this opera, sharing the stage with an otome-bunraku puppet. Masaki Nakata conducts the Ensemble Polychronies, and Yoshi Oïda directs.