Netsuke and Inro
Presented by: Callum Watson Enterprises
Not sure about opera?… This suggestive new work is sure to wet your appetite.
Combining elements of Japanese noh and kabuki with Italian opera, Netsuke, and Inrō by Scott A. Aschauer follows the story of the impoverished samurai Gorō; his debauchery consumed his life and passion eroded his soul.
In the pleasure district of 吉原 (Yoshiwara) in Japan’s capital of Edo (Tokyo), Gorō makes a final visit to his favorite ‘teahouse’ of dubious reputation using money that was meant to be set aside for his daughter. There he meets a handsome American trader named Mr. Jenkins who takes an interest in a small ivory lion and lacquered box suspended from Gorō’s sash. The netsuke carving and lacquered inrō inspire obsession for the American trader as Gorō is distracted by his own desires.
The work features an authentic hand-carved noh mask and an antique netsuke and inrō set crafted by skilled artisans in Japan.
Join Victoria’s finest young operatic talents as they come together forces for a thrilling evening of original Australian opera in St Kilda.
Doors Open: 6pm
Act One: 6.30pm
Approx. Finish: 7.30pm