“Hosokawa succeeds in creating a remarkable synthesis of poem and music, by integrating movement, all of it under the sign of contemplation.” – Forum Opera

Toshio Hosokawa’s Hanjo, based on a 14th-century Noh play, is an example of Japanese storytelling brilliantly realized by one of Japan’s most important living classical music composers. Hanjo, with a libretto by Yukio Mishima from his “Modern Nōh Plays,” premiered in Aix-en-Provence in 2004 and has received numerous productions throughout Europe and Asia. Hanjo is directed by the renowned Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti, a frequent collaborator of Hosokawa, who has staged critically acclaimed productions of Hanjo in Germany and Tokyo. Neal Goren, Catapult Opera’s Founding Artistic Director, will conduct.

The cast is headed by soprano Eri Nakamura (who last month created a sensation for her portrayal of Madam Butterfly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), with Abigail Fischer as Jitsuko, and Adam Richardson as Yoshio. Silent Figure will be performed by the internationally known theater artist Saori Tsukada. Hanjo will be performed in the original English.

Catapult Opera’s mission is to expand the operatic canon by presenting masterpieces from non-Western and under-represented cultures in order to build new audiences while engaging and retaining existing audiences.  Hanjo is the company’s first live production.

Talea Ensemble is comprised of nineteen of New York City’s finest classically trained musicians, with a mission to champion musical creativity, cultivate curious listeners, and bring visionary new works to life with vibrant performances that remain in the audience’s imagination long after a concert. 

Toshio Hosokawa is Japan’s pre-eminent living composer and is among the foremost opera composers of our time. His opera Matsukaze received its American premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2013 to rapturous reviews. He has composed operas, oratorio and instrumental music and is co-founder and artistic director of the Japanese Festival for Contemporary Music.


  • Audience members must be 12 years of age or older to enter the theater.
  • Audience members must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster based on CDC criteria). Documentation must include name, birthday, dates of doses & vaccine manufacturer. Documentation must be in English.
  • All audience members will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine.
  •  All audience members must wear a well-fitted mask at all times.
    Allowable masks: disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks), KN95 masks, KF94 masks, N95 masks are allowable.

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NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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Fri, Sep 30 @ 7:30pm

Sun, Oct 2 @ 2:00pm

A man wearing a black suit with his arms crossed grinning with his face towards the camera.
Toshio Hosokawa
A group of people in black suits and dresses stand looking at one another.
The Talea Ensemble photo by Beowulf Sheehan