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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Hosokawa transforms Mishima's 'Hanjo' into opera
Mieko Sasaki Special to The Daily Yomiuri
World-renowned composer Toshio Hosokawa always aims to create music that corresponds to something Japanese. With the intention of remolding Japanese Noh into Western opera, he completed his second opera, Hanjo, based on Yukio Mishima's play of the same name. The English-language opera will premiere in July at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a French music festival noted for its eminent opera performances.
"Mishima's Hanjo is a modern adaptation of a classic Noh masterpiece by Zeami," Hosokawa …