Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited
A Noh Chamber Opera
TomoeArts presents Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited, the world premiere of a new chamber opera that blends Japanese noh theatre and western classical music. Based on a traditional noh play about 9th century poet Ono-no-Komachi, the opera has been re-imagined to tell a contemporary story of a man and woman haunted by a passionate and troubled relationship.
Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited is composed by Farshid Samandari and stars soprano Heather Pawsey as Komachi and master noh actor Yamai Tsunao as Fukakusa. The opera involves Japanese and Canadian singers and features a live orchestra of strings, flute, percussion and kotsuzumi (noh shoulder drum). Kayoi Komachi/Komachi Visited is about love, poetry, and the power of words.