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Photo At the middle of the year 2006
My three acts opera Ai-en (To die for love), which commissioned from the National Opera House of Japan (New National Theatre, Tokyo) and concluded the work "Minoru Miki, eight full length opera series along 1500 years' Japanese history" had its world premiere on 17, 18, 19 February 2006.
All tickets sold out and almost all audience satisfied in every aspect. Also each media reported the result quite positively like ?Ai-en is a clearly strong and beautiful opera. It is the first Japanese opera which got true success at the New National Theatre since its opening in 1997?.
You can see details and English translation of the libretto by Jakucho Setouchi revised by the composer at the page “Invitation to Miki Operas”
We took high-vision DVD source as the live recording. Later it will be available for world public.
<Stage photo in NNT Web site.>
<Review in German & its English translation>
(Below items has written at the beginning of the year 2006 )
The Japanese version of my third opera Joruri which premiered in last September in Tokyo directed by Colin Graham remained unthinkable strong impression to Japanese audience according to its Japanese version. I realized importance of own language version for each opera. We took very clear high vision video of this performance.
Z Conversion, a percussion octet which composed in February 2005 used a special “Zomeki” rhythm throughout the work, premiered by Kunitachi University Percussion Ensemble on 9th October.
Scheduled Festival was cancelled by an accident, but the Kunitachi Ensemble fortunately did the premiere successfully. The Festival decided to perform the piece at their 06 Festival in coming May.
Z Conversion will be performed in Texas, USA at an important occasion in November with my other percussion works which didn't introduce yet to foreign countries.
A theatre piece Hagoromo premiered by ORA-J in
Last November took huge success. As the Artistic Director, I prepared it specially for young people. By this aim and high achievement, the Cultural Agency.
decided to give us 10 concerts schedule to perform this work at schools in November.
Since I opened my summer house in 1998 on south slope of Yatsugadake mountains (now this area became Hokuto city) locating central Highlands in Japan, I had strong will to organize an international music festival which has good balance between East and West music power.
After completing my eight opera series I thought the time comes now.
Even under tremendously busy jobs in last Autumn, I started and pushed forward this plan.
“Hokuto International Music Festival 06” (HIMF) will be open on 18th, 19th and 20th August at Nagasaka Community Hall etc. inviting Chamber Soloists Luzerne, Asia Ensemble and ORA-J to perform not only their own repertories but also cooperate new commissioned works combine European-Asian-Japanese instruments and music together.
In parallel with this plan, we will invite several Japanese instrumental ensembles to do some convention work their.
Many visitors can take part to these concerts and convention staying pleasant summer resort.
Precise data will be announced at this website.

Minoru Miki