Nicola LeFanu Music
Nancy Gaffield Libretto
Caroline Clegg Director
Kimie Nakano Designer
Dominic Wheeler Conductor


Jeremy Huw Williams Hiroshige
Caryl Hughes Mariko
Raphaela Papadakis Kikuyo

Traditional Japanese Music 30’
Nicola LeFanu Tokaido Road (premiere) 50’

Okeanos is an ensemble which mixes traditional Japanese instruments, such as koto, sho and shamisen, with western ones. They open this event with a taste of traditional Japanese music, before composer Nicola LeFanu and librettist Nancy Gaffield discuss how this distinctive soundworld influenced the creation of this new multimedia opera, Tokaido Road.

Taking its name from the series of vivid woodblock prints by Japanese artist Hiroshige, the opera brings Hiro – the figure present in every picture – to life. Journeying from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto against a backdrop of old and new images, Hiro tells of his encounters – humorous, amorous, tragic – through mime, dance, speech and song.

Step into the picture – I’ll show you the way

Find out more about Tokaido Road here

The development of Tokaido Road has been supported by:

The John S Cohen Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Leche Trust, The Radcliffe Trust, Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation


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