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Kanagawa Prefectural Hall 40th Anniversary |Recommendation for Opera "Kinkakuji"

神奈川県民ホール開館40周年記念|オペラ「金閣寺」のススメ

Yukio Mishima's representative novel "Kinkakuji"

Speaking of Kinkakuji, it is a sightseeing spot that represents Kyoto! There may be many people who have memories of visiting on a school trip or a trip to Kyoto. The official name is Rokuonji, and it is generally called Kinkakuji because the three-story tower, Shariden "Kinkaku", is especially famous. In fact, Kinkakuji was burned down by the arson of the temple priest in 1950, and what we are seeing today was reconstructed in 1955. In 1956, the 10th issue of the magazine "Shincho" was serialized on the subject of the Kinkakuji arson incident, and Yukio Mishima's novel "Kinkakuji" was highly acclaimed worldwide.

Let's introduce the characters of "Kinkakuji".

Recommendation of opera "Kinkakuji"

Mizoguchi
The main character of this work, a boy who is born with a disability (stuttering in the original, disabled in one hand in the opera). This obstacle prevents contact with the outside world with the basic act of "speaking" in life, and increases the expansion and fantasy of the inner cognitive world. The novel is spelled out in the form of an inner solitude until Mizoguchi sets fire to Kinkakuji Temple.

Opera "Kinkakuji" person introduction

Uiko
A girl who is the opposite sex that Mizoguchi has longed for forever and can be said to be a symbol of living beauty. He died tragically while rejecting Mizoguchi. This is the source of the anguish that Mizoguchi cannot reach even if he asks for it, and it is also the beauty that Mizoguchi tried to erase with the Kinkakuji.

Tsurukawa
A friend who gives a warm look to the lonely Mizoguchi, whose father passed away and decided to live in Kinkakuji as an apprentice. Mizoguchi was the only person who confessed his strange attachment to Kinkaku, and if Mizoguchi was a negative picture of a photograph, Tsurukawa was a positive picture.

Kashiwagi
Mizoguchi, who was recognized by an old teacher and went on to college, met a classmate who has a physical disability like Mizoguchi. A devilish man with a high degree of scholarship and immoral wisdom, he takes advantage of his disability and entangles a high-ranking woman.

"Kinkakuji" is the original opera! Composed by Toshiro Mayuzumi!

After the war, Japan was asked by a Japanese composer if it would be possible to perform a Japanese original opera in Germany during a cultural exchange with the opera "Berlin German Opera" in Berlin. As a result, Toshiro Mayuzumi was struck by a white arrow. In addition, Kabuki's "Terakoya" and the novel "Kinkakuji" were proposed by the Deutsche Oper Berlin as an opera script, and "Kinkakuji" was translated into German and published as one of the masterpieces of Yukio Mishima, who was also named as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. ] Was selected.

Yukio Mishima x Toshiro Mayuzumi

Yukio Mishima
Mishima, who traveled to Paris at the age of 27, was caught in a dark exchange and was deceived by a traveler's check. Only a small amount of money remains at hand, and thanks to that, I will stay at a Japanese-owned cheap inn for a month, but near this inn, Toshiro Mayuzumi, who is studying abroad at the Paris National Conservatory, lives. board. Mayuzumi will help Mishima as a guide and interpreter while Mishima is staying in Paris.

Toshiro Mayuzumi
A composer who laid the foundation of postwar Japanese music culture with his rare talent. He was the flagship of the avant-garde, releasing the music concrète, which is a type of electronic music using sound and recording technology, as the first work in Japan. In later years, Mayuzumi, whose core expression was his devotion to Japanese materials and his interest in Buddhist music, composed music with a strong sense of tension for the opera Kinkakuji, which has a strong psychological element, and had a great impact on the audience. give. He is also famous for hosting the TV program "Untitled Concert" for about 33 years.

Special content is now available to learn more about Toshiro Mayuzumi!
"Commemorating the performance of the opera" Kinkakuji "-What kind of person is Toshiro Mayuzumi! ?? 』\
While delving into the five "awesome" things about Toshiro Mayuzumi, we will approach the character.

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What kind of person is Toshiro Mayuzumi !?

In 1991, the opera "Kinkakuji" was performed in Japan in a reimported language!

The opera "Kinkakuji" commissioned by Deutsche Oper Berlin to Toshiro Mayuzumi. The opera script is written by Claus H. Henneberg, a librettist (script author) of Deutsche Oper Berlin. In other words, the pure literary novel "Kinkakuji" written in Japanese was translated into German, and based on it, it was adapted into an opera script by Germans, and the German opera script was composed by a Japanese composer. It is "Kinkakuji". It can be said that the passion of the artists of the era was exchanged through the category of "opera", just across national borders.

The opera "Kinkakuji" premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1976, and then premiered in Japan in 1991. When it was performed in Japan, it was performed in a Japanese translation by a subtitle supermarket, and it was exactly like a performance in a reimported language.

Opera "Kinkakuji" performance image
As a representation of Mizonokuchi's obsession that "Kinkakuji must be burned!", Kinkakuji appears suspiciously and beautifully on the stage of the opera.

40th anniversary of Kanagawa Kenmin Hall opening! Opera "Kinkakuji" will be performed for the first time in 16 years!

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall has been producing and performing operas by Japanese composers. The opera "Kinkakuji" composed by Toshiro Mayuzumi from Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture was selected as the milestone of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the museum. The long-awaited performance in Japan for the first time in 16 years! Conducted by Tatsuya Shimono, directed by Satoshi Taoshita, and performed by Teruhiko Komori and Masumitsu Miyamoto, this is a new production performance created by the gathering of young Japanese powers. Don't miss the special performance for 2 days only!

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall

Staff and cast members who are active in Japan and overseas. Expectations are high for what kind of enthusiasm will be shown at the opera "Kinkakuji"!

Tatsuya Shimono
Satoshi Taoshita
Teruhiko Komori
Masumitsu Miyamoto

How was the world of the opera "Kinkakuji"?
You can enjoy it from Yukio Mishima's original novel, you can enjoy it from Toshiro Mayuzumi's music world, and of course you can go to the performance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall first!
Please touch the one and only view of the world with your sensitivity!

Text: Miyoko Inoue (CLIMBERS)
illustration: Kubotamako

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