Lady Sarashina

Opera in one act

Commissioned by Opera National de Lyon

Description

World premiere: 4 March 2008, Lyon
Opera National de Lyon
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Director: Ushio Amagatsu

 

Libretto: Mari Mezei, based on the diary of Lady Sarashina, Year 1008, Japan
Language: English
English translation: Ivan Morris

 

One thousand years ago a woman in japan wrote a book, which survived the centuries and it is now one of the early Japanese classics.

The book is usually known as Sarashina Nikki. Lady Sarashina herself never gave the book any such title. Like most literary works of the period, it was named by subsequent copyist. Sarashina is a mountainous district in central Japan, it is not mentioned a single time in the book, but there is an indirect allusion to the place in one of the author’s last poems. Nikki is usually translated “diary”. But this book will show that it is no daily record of events but a book in which the material has been deliberately selected and shaped to reveal certain significant aspects of a woman’s life.

Synopsis

Parts:

1. Spring
2. Guard
3. Pilgrimage
4. Dream with the Cat / Requiem
5. The Moon
6. Mirror – dream
7. Dark Night
8. Remembrance
9. Fate

 

In the opera, Lady Sarashina narrates her life. In her diary, she writes about her love of Japanese nature and landscapes, describes the sites she visits, the pilgrimages, dreams and monologues about life and death.  All the other roles are portrayed by three other singers, the Vocal Trio.

The mysterious vagueness of dreams are conveyed by the transcendent, expressive tones of solo instruments and singers. Dominated by whispers, whooshing sounds and blurred voices, the nine tableaux of this “talking opera”  introduce us to an intimate world.

Performances

14 Apr, 2019
Tessin, Switzerland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hochschule der Künste Bern
(new version for reduced orchestra, by Gregory Vajda)
Paradise here
Itinerant Arts Center Switzerland

13 Apr, 2019
Tessin, Switzerland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hochschule der Künste Bern
(new version for reduced orchestra, by Gregory Vajda)
Paradise here
Itinerant Arts Center Switzerland

11 Apr, 2019
Bern, Switzerland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland
(new version for reduced orchestra, by Gregory Vajda)
Paradise here
Itinerant Arts Center Switzerland

10 Apr, 2019
Bern, Switzerland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hochschule der Künste Bern, Switzerland
(new version for reduced orchestra, by Gregory Vajda)
Paradise here
Itinerant Arts Center Switzerland

4 Jul, 2018
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Production: Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest
ARMEL production, Muth Theater Vienna

Stage: András Almási-Tóth
Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra

Venue: Muth Theater

4 Sep, 2015
Milano, Italy

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Triennale di Milano
Italian premiere
Hungarian Opera Festival
Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Singers: Imai Ayane, Yoshida Makiko, Zavaros Eszter, Maurice Lenhard 

26 Oct, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Portuguese premiere
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Conductor: Pedro Amaral
Stage Director: Rares Zaharia
Singers: Imai Ayane, Carla Caramujo, Cátia Moreso, Peter Bording

25 Oct, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Portuguese premiere
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Conductor: Pedro Amaral
Stage Director: Rares Zaharia
Singers: Imai Ayane, Carla Caramujo, Cátia Moreso, Peter Bording

24 Oct, 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Portuguese premiere
Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra
Conductor: Pedro Amaral
Stage Director: Rares Zaharia
Singers: Imai Ayane, Carla Caramujo, Cátia Moreso, Peter Bording

19 Oct, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hungarian premiere
Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Stage Director: András Almási-Tóth
Singers: Imai Ayane, Yoshida Makiko, Zavaros Eszter, Maurice Lenhard 
Budapest Strings
Costume: Krisztina Lisztopád
Coreography:  Eszter Lázár
Venue: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

17 Oct, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Hungarian premiere
Conductor: Gregory Vajda
Stage Director: András Almási-Tóth
Singers: Imai Ayane, Yoshida Makiko, Zavaros Eszter, Maurice Lenhard 
Budapest Strings
Costume: Krisztina Lisztopád
Coreography:  Eszter Lázár
Venue: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

14 Apr, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Polish premiere

Opera de Lyon production
Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota
Conductor: Christian Schumann

Cast:
Anu Komsi - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

12 Apr, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Polish premiere

Opera de Lyon production
Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota
Conductor: Christian Schumann

Cast:
Anu Komsi - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

11 Apr, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Polish premiere

Opera de Lyon production
Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota
Conductor: Christian Schumann

Cast:
Anu Komsi - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

9 Apr, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Polish premiere

Opera de Lyon production
Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota
Conductor: Christian Schumann

Cast:
Anu Komsi - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

7 Apr, 2013
Warsaw, Poland

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Polish premiere

Opera de Lyon production
Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota
Conductor: Christian Schumann

Cast:
Anu Komsi - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

18 Feb, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota

Cast:
Mary Plazas - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez
Opéra Comique

16 Feb, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota

Cast:
Mary Plazas - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez
Opéra Comique

14 Feb, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Masatomo Ota

Cast:
Mary Plazas - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez
Opéra Comique

16 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Opera National de Lyon

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Sayoko Yamaguchi, Masatomo Ota
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
Mireille Delunsch - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

13 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Opera National de Lyon

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Sayoko Yamaguchi, Masatomo Ota
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
Mireille Delunsch - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

11 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Opera National de Lyon

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Sayoko Yamaguchi, Masatomo Ota
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
Mireille Delunsch - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

7 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina

Opera National de Lyon

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Sayoko Yamaguchi, Masatomo Ota
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
Mireille Delunsch - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

4 Mar, 2008
Lyon, France

Eötvös: Lady Sarashina - Premiere

Opera National de Lyon

Stage, light: Ushio Amagatsu
Scene: Natsuyuki Nakanishi
Costume: Sayoko Yamaguchi, Masatomo Ota
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
Mireille Delunsch - Lady Sarashina
Peter Bording - Baritone
Ilse Eerens - Soprano
Salomé Kammer - Mezzo

Details

Genre:
Duration:
52 minutes
Date:
2007

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Lady Sarashina
Opera - Music Theatre
52'sop,​mez,​alt,​bar21302 3231 201 65432sax,​celamp, cd

4 singers (soprano, mezzo, alt, baritone)
Orchestra:
2 fl (both + Piccolo, second + altfl.), 1 ob (+ Eng.horn), 3 clar. (third + basscl.),
2 bassoon (second + contrabassoon),1 sax (S-A-T-Bar),
Winds: 3 – 2- 3- 1, 2 percussion, 1 harp, 1 sampler keyboard
Strings: 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2

 

Percussion instrument photos:

African Bean Rattle

Chinese Cymbal

Chin Beckenpaar Perc.2.

Indian Bells

Keisu Dobaci Perc.1.

Metal Chines Perc.2.

Notenpult Perc.2.

Rin Perc.1.

Stein Perc.1-2.

Windglocken Perc.2.

 

Technical information

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Recordings

Video

MTVA / Egyperces / One minute, 2014

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