Audio extract: Hiro Reflects

In a final audio extract from Tokaido Road, the elderly painter, Hiroshige  reflects, to a ghostly backdrop of harmonics, on the journey he took along the Road all those years ago; how he mourned his lover, the black-haired Kikuyo, and the bleakness of Kanbara.

photo 10In this extract, Hiro is played by Jeremy Huw Williams.

The London premiere of the opera is on Wednesday 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre: details here.

Photo: © Greg Trezise

Audio extract: Voice of the River

Following yesterday’s extract from Tokaido Road, today’s moment from the opera comes from Scene 6, in which the singers and Mime giving voice to the River itself – ‘No-one knows I have a story to tell…’

photo 5In this extract, Okeanos Ensemble accompanies the voices of Jeremy Huw Williams, Caryl Hughes and Raphaela Papadakis, with Haruka Kuroda as the Mime.

Another extract tomorrow…

The London premiere of the opera is on Wednesday 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre: details here.

Photo © Greg Trezise

Audio extract: Spring Arrives

To whet your appetite for the forthcoming London premiere of Tokaido Road on 25 February (details here), here’s Scene II from the opera; newly-established in a tea-house, Mariko sings a gentle lullaby to her baby.

In rehearsal: Caryl Hughes as Mariko.

In rehearsal: Caryl Hughes as Mariko.

In this extract, Mariko is sung by mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes. Another extract tomorrow…

Rehearsal photo: © Greg Trezise

The Road in 2015: tour dates

We’re very excited to be seeing in the New Year by announcing our UK tour dates for 2015!

The Road begins its odyssey next month, with its London premiere on Weds 25 February at the Barbican’s Milton Court Theatre (details here); on Saturday 23 May, the Road reaches the Gulbenkian Theatre at the University of Kent (details here); then it travels to Northumberland as part of the Alwinton Summer Concerts series on on Saturday 27 June (details here), before arriving at the University of York’s Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Weds 28 October.

We look forward to meeting you On the Road during 2015!

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