Japanese soprano singer Shinobu Sato dies at 61

Entertainment News Oct 3, 2019

Japanese soprano singer Shinobu Sato dies at 61

Shinobu Sato, a Japanese soprano singer known for her performances in European and American opera houses, has died, her office said Thursday. She was 61. She died on Sunday and a funeral attended by immediate family members and close relatives was held, according to the ...

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

Stage | CULTURE NOTES Jul 25, 2019

Bringing opera to Tokyo 2020

by Chiho Iuchi

Among the many absurdist opera stories in existence, nothing is more preposterous than the happy ending generally used for Giacomo Puccini's final opera "Turandot," in which Princess Turandot suddenly accepts Prince Calaf's wooing right after the suicide of Liu, a slave, as if her ...

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

Stage | Backstage Pass Mar 1, 2018

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

by Chiho Iuchi

Artists have long mined older works to create new forms of expression, just look at the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's stories. Among the oldest surviving performing arts of Japan, noh has been a source of inspiration for many in Japan. Combining narrative chanting, slow movements ...