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note to a friend

Contemporary Opera

January 12-15, 2023
NoteToAFriend

CONTEMPORARY OPERA

star WORLD PREMIERE

note to a friend

Thursday January 12 7:30 pm local_bar
Saturday January 14 7:30 pm contact_support
Sunday January 15 3 pm

local_bar Followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception
contact_support Followed by an artist Q&A

In response to Japan Society’s commission for a new chamber opera, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang combined and reimagined three texts by iconic Japanese novelist Ryunosuke Akutagawa. The result is this stunning and haunting monodrama, note to a friend, addressing our eternal human fascination with death, love, family and suicide. Theater luminary Yoshi Oida, Paris-based opera director and longtime member of Peter Brook’s international theater company, directs this world premiere for the legendary New York vocalist Theo Bleckmann. Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Japan, co-producer of this production, selects the featured string quartet members. You can’t miss this meetup of international gems!

Tickets: $60 / $48 members

This co-production from Japan Society and Tokyo Bunka Kainan, commissioned and presented by Japan Society, makes its world premiere as part of PROTOTYPE Festival 2023.

David Lang Yoshi Oida Theo Bleckmann
David Lang Yoshi Oida Theo Bleckmann

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warning Content Warning: This production contains references to suicide and depression, which some audiences may find distressing. If you need suicide or mental health-related crisis support, or are worried about someone else, please call or text 988 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s chat to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Images: David Lang © Peter Serling; Yoshi Oida © Sébastien Coindre; Theo Bleckmann © Lynne Harty.

note to a friend is co-produced with Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and is supported by Doug and Teresa Peterson, with special cooperation from The Japan Foundation, New York. Additional support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This project is presented by Japan Society as part of PROTOTYPE Festival 2023.

          New York State Counil on the Arts          PROTOTYPE

2022-23 Performing Arts Season Support

Lead Sponsor

MetLife Foundation

The season is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural AffairsNew York State Council on the Arts

Major support is generously provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Doug and Teresa Peterson. Endowment support is provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund and the Endowment for the Performing Arts, established with a leadership gift from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II, Dr. Jeanette C. Takamura, Estate of Alan M. Suhonen, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, Nancy and Joe Walker, Dr. John K. Gillespie, Paula S. Lawrence, Hiroko Onoyama, Lyndley and Samuel Schwab, and Nora and David Tezanos.

Transportation assistance is provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. Yamaha is the official piano provider of Japan Society. MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception is provided by MetLife Foundation.

All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.