‘20 years of marriage yet, I can’t speak with my wife’
But the husband is desperate to communicate with his wife about one subject in particular – their mutually unfulfilling sex life. Inspired by the novella of the same name by renowned Japanese author Junichiro Tanizaki, “THE鍵KEY” peers in on a secretive family and newcomer Kimura, as their lives take a dramatic turn following the husband’s new year resolution.
This award-winning, site-specific opera invites audiences to become voyeurs as they move freely around a private residence to eavesdrop on small ensembles of singers, a dancer, and Japanese and Western instruments as this intimate drama unfolds.
Music and words by Francesca Le Lohé with excerpts from Junichiro Tanizaki’s ‘The Key’ in the original Japanese.
3rd-4th August 2019, Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival, 10 Tollgate Drive, London (UK premiere)
19th-26th May 2019, Hirakushi Denchu House and Atelier, Tokyo, Japan (Revised premiere)
19th May 2018, Nakacho House, Tokyo, Japan (World premiere)