Four Nights of Dream

September 15, 2017
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Japan Society 110th Anniversary Commission

Wednesday, September 13, 7:30 PM
followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Afterparty
Friday, September 15, 7:30 PMfollowed by an artist Q&A
Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PM

SOLD OUT: All performances are sold out. A wait list will begin at the box office one hour prior to each show’s start time.

A frustrated samurai. An unwieldy herd of pigs. A mysterious murder. A woman’s dying wish. Four surreal stories from Japanese author Natsume Soseki’s (1867-1916) Ten Nights of Dream come to life in Four Nights of Dream (2008), a contemporary chamber opera that traverses the subconscious through colorful melodies and piercing emotions. For this new production, New York vocalists and Tokyo instrumentalists come together to perform within a spellbinding and ever-morphing set. Performed in English.

$55/$45 Japan Society members

 Music and Libretto: Moto Osada
Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Director: Alec Duffy
Set Designer: Mimi Lien
Costume Designer: Oana Botez
Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak
Singers: Marisa Karchin, Gloria Park, Christopher Sokolowski, Makoto Winkler, Jesse Malgieri, Rocky Sellers
Instrumentalists: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Chamber Orchestra

Four Nights of Dream was originally commissioned by Vadstena-Akademien’s Artistic Director Nils Spangenberg and premiered at Vadstena Castle in Sweden with generous support from The Japan Foundation, American Composers Forum, The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation, and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

This production of Four Nights of Dream is co-produced with Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

This production of Four Nights of Dream is made possible with lead support from Doug and Teresa Peterson, Individual Artist Grant support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and special support from The Japan Foundation, New York. Additional support is provided by Gary M . Talarico and Linda W. Filardi, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION, Jun Makihara and Megumi Oka, Alan M. Suhonen, Hiroko Onoyama, Amy and Joseph Perella, Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Louis J. Forster, Jon T. Hutcheson, an anonymous donor, Jonathan B. Kindred, Ms. Paula S. Lawrence, Satoru and Hiroko Murase and The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation. The production also received in-kind support from ANA—partially through the National Association of Japan-America Societies, Inc., The Omomuki Foundation and TOKYU HOTELS CO., LTD.


Japan Society’s 110th Anniversary Performing Arts Commissions, including Four Nights of Dream, Left-Right-Left, and Rikyu-Enoura, received support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Illustration by Ben Warren and David O’Nyon © Japan Society.″/>

  • Friday, September 15, 2017
  • 7:30 pm