The premiere of the first Japanese in Russia waiting in the wings 30 years

© RIA Novosti / Alexander nakaaya the premiere of an Opera about the first Japanese in RussiaThe premiere of the first Japanese in Russia waiting in the wings 30 years© RIA Novosti / Xenia Naka

Russian premiere of the Opera «Kodayu» – «Russian Odyssey» Japanese sailor, a merchant, a traveler Daikokuya Kodayu waiting in the wings for almost 30 years, it was prepared for execution at the ceremony of signing a peace Treaty in 1990-e years, told the correspondent of RIA Novosti, the owner of the rights to work, the head of the publishing house AOKI Aoki, Yoshihide.

On October 30 in Moscow, at the House of Music will host the Russian premiere of the Opera «Kodayu», which was written by Japanese singer Eiko Aoki and her libretto by Azeri composer Faranga Huseynov. Opera based on real events in the history of Japanese merchant Daikokuya Kodayu, brought to the island Amchitka (now owned by the United States as part of Alaska) in 1782, and then undertook a journey of 10 years to get to St. Petersburg across Siberia to seek an audience with Catherine II and with its help to return home. Catherine used the return Daikokuya Kodayu to Japan as a diplomatic pretext for the equipment of the first Russian Embassy, headed by 26-year-old Lieutenant Adam Laxman in then closed from the outside world Japan.

The plot

«It’s a beautiful story and it means a lot, in terms of friendship the Russia and Japan. In February from the artistic Director of the Moscow musical theatre «Amadei» Oleg Mitrofanov received an offer to stage the Opera «Kodayu» in Moscow. I would like Russia to know this story, and that the Prime Minister contributed to the friendship between the two countries,» said Aoki.

For him, this Opera and its premiere on the Russian stage – primarily the family history. His mother Eiko Aoki, herself an Opera singer, for years, dreamed of the Opera, where the main character would be Japanese and that the plot was dedicated to the contacts of Japan with another country.

«She wanted to have the Opera a happy ending and to be able through this Opera to acquaint the world with Japan and its culture. She was looking for a story,» says Aoki.

In the end, she found a piece of Katsuragawa Hoshu «Heard in the lands of the North» — it describes in detail all the adventures Daikokuya Kodayu. A plus from her point of view was the fact that the action takes place in Russia, a country rich in much-loved by her low voices male voices.

Searches composer took about 6-10 years. They became Azerbaijani composer, the laureate of the contest «silk road» Farhang Huseynov. Writing of his music took three years. Lyrics to the arias were written first in Japanese, then translated into Russian famous in Japan musician and singer Nikita Yamashita, and they were then set to music.

Policy
«During the time of Gorbachev began to say that Japan and the Soviet Union to conclude a peace Treaty. And here was a question about how to perform this Opera at the ceremony of its signing. The Opera was finished by 1990. And then among the people in Gorbachev’s entourage, and the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan began to talk about the fact that if it (the signing of the peace Treaty – ed.) happens, then for the ceremony of the signing of this Opera is very well suited. It was just a promise in words, but the mother was very happy that the premiere will be held in the USSR. It was supposed to be the world premiere of the Opera,» says Aoki.

However, the Soviet Union collapsed, those people with whom Eiko Aoki spoke under Gorbachev, no one left. Question about the premiere in Russia was closed.

In 1993, the Opera was shown at the 25th anniversary of TV Asahi. Was given only three performances. But suddenly, shortly before his death in 2011, Eiko Aoki has said that he dreams about the Opera in Russia. To fulfill the dream his mother came from Aoki, Yoshihide.

The play, which involved Russian and Japanese performers Andrei Breus, Elena Okolysheva, Elena Semenova and Takako Hiraoka of included in the program of the Cross year of Russia and Japan. In Moscow premiere will take place at the House of Music on October 30, and then the Opera will be shown at the Center of education «School 2030» and in the hall of the national Arts Library. A. P. Bogolyubov.

© RIA Novosti / Alexander, Lakeside Docks with the Billboard premiere of the Opera about the first Japanese in RussiaThe premiere of the first Japanese in Russia waiting in the wings 30 years© RIA Novosti / Alexander, Lakeside Docks with the Billboard premiere of the Opera about the first Japanese in Russia

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