Actor's Revenge, An


by Minoru Miki

Opera in 2 acts with prologue and epilogue
Henneberg C (Translator), James Kirkup (Author), Takemoto A (Translator)
James Kirkup
(outside Japan): 2(I=picc.II=afl+picc).0.1(=bcl).0 -1010 - perc(3): Japanese gong/sho-gon or kin or bell/tam-t/susp.cym/tgl/3 wdbl/hyoshigi or hardwooden slabs/tsuke-ita or hard wooden board with wooden slat/binzasura or guiro/timp/SD/4 drums/bongo/hard wdbl/rototom/untuned timp - harp - vln.vla.vlc(min 6.5.4). (in Japan) 2(I=nohkan.II=afl+nohkan).0.1(=bcl).0 - 1010 -perc(3): Japanese gong/sho-gong or kin/tam-t/susp.cym/rin/ 3mokugyo/3 mokusho/3 wdbl/hyoshigi(ki)/tsuke-ita/binzasara/timp/SD/4 drum/2 shime-daiko/o-tsuzumi/ko-tsuzumi/o-daiko -koto(20 string) - vln
Yukinojo (T); Kikunojo (B-Bar); Lord Dobe (B); Kawaguchiya (T); Hiromiya (Bar); Lady Namiji (S); the Shogun (T); Haima (Bar); Nagauta Singer (T). Chorus: TTBB, SATB (ad lib)
English, German, Japanese
First Performance
5.10.79, Old Vic Theatre, London: English MusicTheatre/Steuart Bedford

Vocal score 0-571-50695-X, libretto 0-571-50589-9 on sale, full score and parts for hire

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'An Actor's Revenge' reviews

‘James Kirkup’s excellent libretto of child - like directness is epigrammatic rather than rhapsodic in its poetic set-pieces … Minoru Miki’s music centers around the voice parts. There is little ensemble; voices are used in a generally smooth conjunct style which is paralleled in all ages, all cultures … Miki is a dramatic composer of real flair.’ The Guardian (Hugo Cole) Read more

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