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

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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