June 15, 2000 | Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The Tale of Genji
Composer:Miki Minoru
Librettist:Colin Graham
Synopsis
Minoru Miki's new opera celebrates the millennium with the world's first novel, Lady Murasaki's ^The Tale of Genji`. Colin Graham's libretto is based on the first three books of the six-volume classic, and tells of the loves and adventures of Prince Genji, "the Shining One"--the illegitimate and favorite son of the Emperor.

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Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Tale of Genji6/6/2000 - 6/25/2000


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Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Japanese neo-romanticism: lyrical vocal style, a deft combination of Eastern and Western instruments

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 6 principal roles (3 male, 3 female), 3 male secondary roles; 3 male non-singing roles; chorus: 24. Standard orchestra plus pipa and koto

Original Cast
Mel Ulrich as Genji, Andrew Wentzel as Old Emperor/Recluse, Richard Troxell as To-no-Chujo, Elisabeth Comeaux as Fujitsubo/Murasaki, Cheryl Evans as Rokujo/Lady of Akashi, Josepha Gayer as Shonagon/Kokiden, Jessica Miller as Aoi, Carleton Chambers as Suzaku, Eric Jordan as Koremitsu. Chorus: Opera Theatre Ensemble


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