About Music: Japanese Noh in English: the Oppenheimer Project

Monday 9 March 2015

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Sydney NSW

Oppenheimer is a new Noh play in English by Allan Marett (text) and Richard Emmert (music) that will be performed later in the year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. This lecture will outline the musical conventions of medieval Japanese Noh drama and will show how Oppenheimer, which focusses on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, conforms to and exploits these.

Professor Richard Emmert (Musashino University, Tokyo) is a leading authority on classical Japanese Noh drama, which he has been studying, teaching and performing in Japan since 1973. He has composed, directed, and performed in eight English Noh performances, including two previous project at Sydney University, and has released a CD entitled Noh in English by the Japanese Teichiku Records. He is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Nohgaku, a company dedicated to performing Noh in English, and has led performance tours in several countries.

Allan Marett was Professor of Musicology at The University of Sydney until 2007 and Professor of Music at Hong Kong University from 1993-1997. He has published widely in the fields of Australian Aboriginal Music and Japanese music. In the 1980s and 1990s he collaborated with Richard Emmert and Akira Matsuri in two projects on Japanese Noh drama at Sydney University, which resulted in the English Noh play, Eliza. The same team is currently collaborations on a production of another new English Noh play, Oppenheimer.

Picture by Clive Barda.

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