A drama of salvation: Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze

The evening / is bitter / for those / whose lover is as far / as the sky.
(Japan, unknown poet, 920 AD)

Matsukaze and Murasame share a passionate and unrequited love for the same man. Hundreds of years after their death, their ghosts return to the salt shack where they spent their lives. In 2011, Toshio Hosokawa’s opera Matsukaze received its world premiere at La Monnaie in Brussels, staged by choreographer Sasha Waltz. Barbara Hannigan and Charlotte Hellekant took on the roles of Matsukaze and Murasame.

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