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Audition Call at Japan Society

NOTE: Thank you for your interest. At this point, we are no longer accepting applications for auditions.

Japan Society is seeking vocalists for the U.S. and Japan premieres of Moto Osada's English-language chamber opera Four Nights of Dream, to premiere in New York City and Tokyo in the fall of 2017.

Monday, October 17, 2016
Noon—9 PM

1 Soprano
1 Mezzo-soprano
1 Tenor
2 Baritones
1 Bass

Japan Society
333 East 47th St., NY, NY 10017
(10-min. walk from Grand Central Station)

To schedule an audition, please see instructions below.  

Audition Details

Japan Society is looking for the following vocalists:

Role Breakdown:
Female Narrator/Female Chorus 1: Soprano
Female Chorus II/Woman: Mezzo-soprano
Ken-san/Father: Tenor
Samurai/Male Chorus 1 (Son): Baritone
Shotaro/Male Chorus II/Man: Lyric Baritone
Male Chorus III: Bass

* This is a paid position. Contracting and fees will be negotiated upon casting.
* Singers are considered New York City residents.
* Round trip air travel to/from Tokyo and accommodations/per diem while in Tokyo are provided.


October 17, 2016

Noon—9 PM  (each audition will last approximately 20 minutes)

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street NY, NY 10017
(between 1st and 2nd Ave, a 10-minute walk from Grand Central Station).

* Vocalists should prepare two contrasting works for the audition.
* Participants should bring their own accompanist. A Yamaha piano will be available on site.
* Participants will audition for conductor Ken-David Masur, director Alec Duffy and Japan Society Artistic Director Yoko Shioya.

To schedule an audition, please email the following to by October 7. In the subject line, please put "4 Nights of Dream Audition."

✓ Resume
✓ Headshot
✓ Your preferred auditio time-slot (please offer at least 2 options) on 10/17
✓ Letter of Recommendation (optional)

Please feel free to email for further questions.

NOTE: Thank you for your interest. At this point, we are no longer accepting applications for auditions.

Project Details

Japan Society (New York, NY) and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo, Japan) are pleased to co-produce a new production of Japanese 21st C composer Moto Osada’s 90-minute chamber opera Four Nights of Dream. The libretto of this chamber opera is based on Ten Nights of Dream by Natsume Soseki (1986-1916), one of Japan’s most notable modern era novelists. Soseki’s Ten Nights of Dream includes 10 short stories of strange dreams set in various time periods. Osada selected four of Soseki’s fantastical dreams for the opera’s English-language libretto.

 Moto Osada
Conductor: Ken-David Masur
Director: Alec Duffy
Co-produced by: Japan Society (New York) and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)

August 14—September 11, 2017 in New York.

September 14, 15, & 16, 2017, New York (3 performances)
September 30 & October 1, 2017, Tokyo (2 performances)


(Note: Exact rehearsal dates are subject to change)

Week of Aug. 14, 2017:
  Rehearsals NYC
Week of Aug. 21, 2017:  Rehearsals NYC
Week of Aug. 28, 2017:  Residency (TBD) Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper NY
Week of Sept. 4, 2017:   Residency (TBD) Mount Tremper Arts, Mount Tremper NY and Rehearsals NYC
Week of Sept. 11, 2017: Rehearsals, Dress Rehearsal (Sept. 12), Performance # 1 (Sept. 14), Performance #2 (Sept. 15), Performance # 3 (Sept. 16) NYC
Sept. 23, 2017: Depart US for Tokyo. Arrive in Tokyo on Sept. 24.
Week of Sept. 24, 2017: Rehearsals in Tokyo, Dress Rehearsal (Sept. 27), Performance #1 (Sept. 30), Performance #2 (Oct. 1), Tokyo Japan.

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Founded in 1907, Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language and education.  Since the inception of the Performing Arts Program in 1953, Japan Society has introduced nearly 700 of Japan’s finest performing arts to an extensive American audience. Programs range from the traditional arts of noh, kyogen, bunraku and kabuki to cutting-edge theater, dance and music. The Program also commissions new works to non-Japanese artists, produces national tours and workshops for arts professionals and the general public.

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan opened its doors in April 1961 in response to the public’s request for a venue to enjoy opera and ballet in Tokyo and to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the city of Tokyo. Today, the organization continues to offer opera, ballet and classical music concerts by leading international artists. Its main hall, which seats 2,303, is used for classical opera, ballet and large orchestral concerts, and its Small Hall, which has 650 seats, presents contemporary and experimental music concerts and music-theater productions.

Moto Osada (composer)

Ken-David Masur (conductor)

Alec Duffy (director)

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