Opera by Toshio Hosokawa
Libretto by Hannah Dübgen Based on the Nô Play of the same name by Zeami
Choreographic opera by Sasha Waltz
Cinematography Karsten Liske

Filmed at Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg in June 2011

Musical Direction Pablo Heras-Casado
Direction Choreography Sasha Waltz
Stage Pia Maier Schriever, Chiharu Shiota
Costumes Christine Birkle
Light Martin Hauk
Dramaturgy Ilka Seifert
Matsukaze Barbara Hannigan Soprano
Murasame Charlotte Hellekant Mezzosoprano
Monk Frode Olsen Bass
Fisherman Kai-Uwe Fahnert Bariton
Dance Choreography Jirí Bartovanec, Davide Camplani, Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Delphine Gaborit, Hwanhee Hwang, Florencia Lamarca, Sergiu Matis, Sasa Queliz, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina, Orlando Rodriguez, Mata Sakka, Xuan Shi, Junko Wada, Niannian Zhou
Repetition Luc Dunberry
Choir Vocalconsort Berlin
Orchestra Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg


A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests commissioned by the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera and in cooperation with Berliner Staatsoper. The production »Matsukaze« is funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Made in Radialsystem®

Matsukaze is among the best-loved classics of Japanese Nô Theatre. The sisters Matsukaze and Murasame are each in love with the same man who does not return from a journey. Their longings however remain unrequited in this life. Years after death the sisters’ spirits revisit this world in tireless pursuit of their beloved. Outstanding contemporary Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa wrote the music to the reworked libretto of the Nô Theatre classic »Matsukaze«.