A Dream of Armageddon
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2020
New Production /
Commissioned Work, World Premiere
Music by FUJIKURA Dai
Opera in 9 Scenes
Sung in English with English and Japanese surtitles
15 Nov. - 23 Nov., 2020 ( 4 Performances )
Running time is to be announced
Following on from Asters, this is the second in our series of commissioned works by Japanese composers. This is a new opera by prolific composer and music pioneer FUJIKURA Dai, who lives in London and is sought out by opera houses and orchestras around the world. This is the third opera by FUJIKURA, although only a concert version of Solaris has ever been performed in Japan. This performance is bound to draw national and international attention.
The theme chosen by FUJIKURA is A Dream of Armageddon, a short science fiction story written by H. G. WELLS at the beginning of the 20th century. Poet Harry ROSS, a long-time associate of FUJIKURA, worked on the libretto (in English), while FUJIKURA, in his typical bold style, transformed it into an opera that freely transcends space and time with a thrilling portrayal of the threats around us who live in the present age. Adapted from the original work, which evinces anxiety about science and technology leading to world war and mass murder.
American director Lydia STEIER will direct this new work, noted for her work on Die Zauberflöte at the 2018 Salzburg Festival. Conducting will be our Artistic Director of Opera, ONO Kazushi. Following on from Asters, universally acclaimed by Japanese and international media, the NNTT, is proud to present the world with this opera by a Japanese composer. No opera, music or drama fan should miss the advent of this work.
Fortnum Roscoe, a young tax lawyer, sits opposite Cooper Hedon on a commuter train heading to a big city. Cooper sees that Fortnum is reading a book about dreams, and tries to share the details of his own recurring dream with Fortnum, who becomes ever more frustrated with Cooper's interruption to his morning reading. Cooper shares his theory that dreams and reality are not mixed, since he was killed in his recurring dream which felt so real that he felt conscious while dreaming. Much to Fortnum's irritation, Cooper expands on this alternate dream life.
He explains how he was living a life devoid of responsibility with his partner Bella, in a secluded, luxury compound. One night, whilst at its cabaret, the Inspector of the new totalitarian regime The Circle; disrupts the evening. Terrified of the threat of war, the attendees are persuaded to join The Circle after listening to a speech by its leader Johnson Evesham. Bella tries to confront the Inspector, and ends up having to run into hiding with Cooper. Bella desperately tries to convince Cooper to join the resistance against Johnson. Cooper is not convinced. Suddenly, huge planes and battleships approach, and bombing begins. Bella is shot in crossfire and bleeds out in Cooper's arms.
CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Libretto by: Harry ROSS
(after the short story “A Dream of Armageddon“
Composed by: FUJIKURA Dai
Conductor: ONO Kazushi
Production: Lydia STEIER
Set Design: Barbara EHNES
Costume Design: Ursula KUDRNA
Lighting Design: Olaf FREESE
Video: Christopher KONDEK
Dramaturg: Maurice LENHARD
Cooper Hedon: Peter TANTSITS
Fortnum Roscoe/Johnson Evesham: Seth CARICO
Bella Loggia: Jessica ASZODI
The Inspector: KANOH Etsuko
The Singer/The Cynic: MOCHIZUKI Tetsuya
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
- CREATIVE TEAM
Peter TANTSITSFortnum Roscoe /Johnson Evesham
Seth CARICOBella Loggia
Jessica ASZODIThe Inspector
KANOH EtsukoThe Singer / The Cynic
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