Shunkinshō (opera)

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Shunkinshō (Japanese: 春琴抄?, Shunkinshō), "A Portrait of Shunkin", is an opera by Minoru Miki, with Japanese libretto by Jun Maeda (まえだ純?, Maeda Jun).

It premiered in Tokyo on 24 November 1975. It was composed earlier that year. Shunkinshō is based on the novella of the same name by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎潤一郎).

The vocal score is published by Zen-On Music Company Ltd.

Roles[edit]

Japanese English Voice type Premiere Cast, 1975
(Conductor: Kazuo Yamada 山田一男)
春琴 Shunkin, a blind koto teacher soprano Michiko Sunahara (砂原美智子)
佐助 Sasuke, her servant and lover baritone Shigeo Harada (原田茂生)
利太郎 Ritarō tenor
安左衛門 Yasuzaemon bass
しげ女 Shigeme mezzo-soprano

Synopsis[edit]

Set in 19th-century Osaka, the three-act opera tells the story of a love affair between Sasuke and blind koto teacher Shunkin, with the opposition of Sasuke's rich suitor Ritarō.

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