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Tom Johnson's The Four Note Opera -- Japanese version (world premiere)

  • Organization : Naya Collective Ltd.
  • Section : In Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Music


Using only four notes, the prince of minimal music, Tom Johnson, presents this piquant single-scene opera. This almost mysterious piece brings a rich operatic performance contrary to the simple setting of four singers taking each part and an accompanying piano, literally using only four notes. It is worth noting that the humor may seem incompatible with minimalism. This is a great introduction to modern music, often perceived as being difficult to comprehend.
The lyrics are about the very opera unfolding before the audience’s very own eyes. The original English version has been translated into French, Spanish, Galician, Korean, and many other languages. This Tokyo performance is the Japanese version debut.
Small pieces in Johnson’s voice (including the latest work) will be performed in the first part, as well as a new homage commissioned by Adachi Tomomi.


【Naya Collective, Ltd.】
Established in 2004, Naya Collective has engaged in stage productions as well as in managing artists and record labels. The company specializes in experimental performing arts irrespective of the genre. Previous award-winning productions include “labo opera JUTAN-ZA” (2008), “Hayashi Chieko mezo soprano recital” (2011 original project), and Tokyo Gen’On Project (2013) for the Keizo Saji Prize by the Suntory Foundation for Arts.


Fukunaga Ayako
Production Manager
Naya Collective Ltd.
8-22-5-205, Shakujii-dai, Nerima-ku
Tokyo 177-0045
Tel: +81-3-3921-4309
E-mail: nayac◆mc.point.ne.jp
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