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A new opera based on the quintessentially Japanese novel “Kinkakuji” is set to open in Tokyo following a premiere held not in Kyoto, where the famed golden pavilion of its title is to be found, but at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France.

In spring 2018, when it was staged in German with European singers by the theater director Amon Miyamoto, the work based on Yukio Mishima’s novel (“The Temple of the Golden Pavilion” in English) and an earlier opera by Toshiro Mayuzumi, seemed to have lost little in translation.

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