Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven and the Maiden from the Sea (Futari Shizuka)
Thursday, January 17, 2019 @Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park
The Raven and the Maiden from the Sea
Hosokawa tackles the harrowing Gothic poem by Edgar Allan Poe in a mesmerizing psychodrama.
With Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano.
Futari Shizuka tells the tale of a young refugee lost at sea, embodied by a 12th century courtesan, Lady Shizuka – one of the most known figures in Japanese history. For Toshio Hosokawa’s latest opera, Oriza Hirata has written a libretto based on the Noh play Futari Shizuka [The Two Shizukas]. In this work, the departed spirit of Shizuka Gozen, or Lady Shizuka, possesses the body and soul of a young beautiful refugee girl who made it to the Mediterranean Sea, and sings her sorrow for wars and hateful disputes.
This opera is sung in both English and Japanese. With Xin Wang, soprano and Ryoko Aoki, Noh singer/dancer.