MetLiveArts announces premiere of “Murasaki’s Moon” in 2018-19 season

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 20, 2018. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MetLiveArts program, announced their 2018/19 season today. Included in the season will be the premiere of MURASAKI’S MOON, a new opera by Michi Wiancko (music) and Deborah Brevoort (libretto) in conjunction with the opening of their new exhibit “The Tale of Genji: a Japanese Classic Illuminated.”

A co-production between MetLiveArts, On Site Opera, and American Lyric Theater, this site-specific opera delves into the life and work of one of the most extraordinary women in Japanese history, Lady Murasaki, author of what is considered the world’s first novel. Shocking modern parallels will be revealed as the story follows Lady Murasaki on her non-traditional path to becoming one of the most significant literary figures of all time.

Michi Wiancko, Composer
Deborah Brevoort, Librettist
Eric Einhorn, Stage Director
Geoffrey McDonald, Conductor
Kristen Choi, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Stenson, tenor
Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese flutes, percussion, taiko
Aizuri Quartet
Ariana Kim, violin
Miho Seguesa, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Karen Ouzouninan, cello

Friday, May 17, 2019, 4 and 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 18, 2 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; in The Astor Court