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Message from Eiko Aoki, Producer and Scriptwriter of Kodayu...

  l would like to take this opportunity to share with you my original aim and the background leading up to this production of Kodavu. While working in the field of music all my life, I became closely associated with the old Soviet Union and naturally became deeply interested in Russian music. l was especially fascinated by vocal music, more specificallyb baritone and bass.
  For many years l was enthusiastic to write and produce a Russian opera featuring a Japanese baritone. Kodayu, based on historical facts, is set on Russian soil, performed with gorgeous Russian court music, combined with traditional Japanese. Mr. Farkhang Gousseinov, the prize winner of the Asahi TV sponsored Silk Road Symphony Composition Contest, composed the music. However, since more than ten long years were spent in the process of producing this opera, the first public performance in Moscow never materialized because of the violent changes in world affairs, namely the political confusion following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  Thus, the opera, Kodayu, was first performed not in Russia but in Japan on September 7, 1993, at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall (Tokyo), then The Symphony Hall (Osaka) and the Suzuka Civic Auditorium (Suzuka) successively in the form of a musical concert, which was held in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the opening of the TV Asahi with the cooperation of the Kubota Company under the baton of Chitaru Asahina, starring Futoru Katsube and Valentina Tsidipova (soprano) of the Kirov opera. The performance was simultaneously televised in high vision
and recorded on CD by Columbia Records. l fervently hope that Kodayu will eventually be performed in all parts of the world like Puccini's Madam Buttefly・
  Last but not least l would like to thank Mr. KenjiΥamashita for his devoted effort in writing the Russian language script, Mr. Tsuyoshi Ushiyama for his kind cooperation in giving the concert in Tokyo, as well as Mrs. Masako Ikezuki who
helped me write the English version of the script.


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SYNOPSIS

This four-act opera is based on the true story of Daikokuya Kodayu, a handsome boatman and captain of a crew of sixteen. Two hundred years ago on December 13, 1782, Kodayu's boat, loaded to capacity with cargo left Shiroko Beach off Ise, central Japan, towards Edo (present Tokyo). But it met with a violent storm immediately following departure; after drifting for eight months on the Northern Sea, the ship finally landed on the coast of Amchitka of the Aleutian Islands. Having overcome numerous difficulties later on, Kodayu appealed to Catherine the Great (Queen Ekaterina II) and obtained her permission to return to Japan after ten years on February 29, 1792.

Act I
  Scene 1 : (Drifting ashore to Amchitka)
Kodayu and his crew are jubilant to have landed on the poor desolate island of Amchitka, whose inhabitants do notn understand a word of Japanese but are willing to help Kodayu and his crew. He asks his men to entertain the islanders with “sake". Then a ballad, “Sailors' Song”, is sung by them, and he pledges himself to return to Japan.
  Scene 2 : (At the Wharf of Amchitka)
They stay in Amchitka for four years, during which four of the crew die of cold and hunger. One day a wrecked cargo boat with Russian merchants aboard drifts to the island, and one of them proposes lo Kodayu that they work together to build a new boat and sail offt to the Sea of Okhotsk. The boat is completed with the help of the islanders. and on July 18, 1787, they hopefully set sail for Kamchatka. Kodayu sings, “We've Finally Seized Happiness”.

Act II (Sailing for Kamchatka and Okhotsk and the Life at Laksman's Residence)
  Scene 1 : (Laksman's Residence in Irkutsk, Siberia)
After the difficult sailing from Amchitka to Kamchatka, and then to the Sea of Okhotsk, Kodayu and his men reach Irkutsk, after crossing the wilderness of Siberia on horseback. On arrival there, Kodayu immediately submits to the Russian government a petition asking for his return to Japan, but of no avail. One day he meets a young naturalist named Laksman. and they soon become great friends. Here, “A Duet of Laksnian and Kodayu” is sung by the two men praising each other.
Laksman's pretty young daughter, Sophia, and Kodayu soon fall in love. Kodayu wavers between his love for Sophia and his keen desire to go home. Realizing his dilemma, Sophia, too, is perplexed. Here the two sing,“A Duet of Love".
  Scene 2 : (In the Suburbs of Irkutsk)
As a last resort to help Kodayu, Laksman decides to take him to St. Petersburg to let him make a direct appeal to Catherine the Great (Queen Ekaterina II) and express his desire to return to Japan. Thus, after listening to the toll of a Russian church and saying good-bye to Sophia, Mrs. Laksman and the crewmembers, the two men set of for forty-day trip by sleigh through snowy Siberia.

Act III
  Scene 1 : (At the Audience Chamber in the Palace of “St. Petersburg")
The day has finally come when Kodayu is to receive an audience with Catherine the Great (Queen Ekaterina II). Laksman sings, “An Aria of Encouragement", urging Kodayu on. Kodayu then tells the queen of all the unspeakably difficult days he
has spent in her country. Having listened quietly to his story with a gentle affectionate look on her face, the queen grants him her permission to go back to Japan and sings an aria, "A Far-off Country of Cherry Blossoms", expressing her
yearning for a distant, unknown country. Deeply moved, Kodayu prostrates himself before her.
  Scene 2 : (St. Petersburg in the Midnight Sun)
Kodayu spends days in St. Petersburg filled with the exalted anticipation of returning home and the bitter grief of leaving Sophia. One day, allured by a strange, beautifully-dressed woman, Kodayu is given a chance to visit a famous hall of harlots in the city and listens to their song, "Romance" and also the chorus,“The Volga", sung by a group of Russian musicians.

Act IV (Back in Irkutsk)
  Scene 1:(Harbor Facing the Sea of Okhotsk)
The day of departure for Japan, which Kodayu has been so fondly dreaming of for many years, has finally come. Leaving Shozo, who has lost his leg due to frostbite, and Shinzo. who has become a member of`the Russian Orthodox Church, the three men - Kodayu, Isokichi, and Koichi(the only two of the remaining Kodayu's crew)-get aboard the ship sailng for Japan, to put an end to their nine-year, nine-month wandering life. It is a heartbreaking farewell for Kodayu and Sophia.
Kodayu sings, “I Leave My Heart Behind with You", while Sophia tearfully sings “A Sad Romance - the Song of Pussy Willows". As the boat leaves the shore towards Japan, Shozo and Shinzo see it off, crouching on the wharf, while Sophia weeps, burying her face in her mother's bosom.
  Scene 2:(At a Japanese Courtyard)
Soon after the boat reaches Japan, Koichi dies. Japan is now under strict national isolation policies. Kodayu, therefore, has to be sent to Edo to undergo strict examinations by the government. He is ordered not to tell his story of Russia to anybody under any circumstances. He is even forbidden to go out of the house. Thinking of his crew who died in Russia, the numerous difficulties he encountered there, the sad farewell with Sophia, and the kind Russian people who helped him, Kodayu wonders what on earth is the meaning of all these things which have occurred in his life. Left all alone and overwhelmed by the sense of desperate emptiness, Kodayu sings “An Aria of Bitter Grief".

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Farkhang Gousseinov

Farkhang Gousseinov, who was born in 1949 in Baku, Azerbaijan, is a composer and violinist. He slated studying music in Baku and continued in Moscow. He received his musical education at the Baku and Moscow State Conservatories where his composition teachers were Kara Karaev and Aram Khachaturian. At the same time he studied in the violin class where his teachers were Leonid Kogan and Karp Dombaev. In 1975 he was graduated from Moscow State Conservatory and till 1978 he worked with Leonid Kogan as a violin assistant. Then he returned to Baku, where he started to work as a violin teacher of Azerbaijan State Conservatory from 1978 to 1992.
  In 1992, he left Baku for Turkey, where he started to work as a head of the string instruments department of Cukurova University's State Conservatory, at Adana. At present he continues his work at Cukurova University.
  He played as a prime violinist in the Quartets of Baku and Moscow, and performed in many cities of the former USSR.
He was a member of the Moscow Conservatories Orchestra in West Berlin in 1972,and there he won the Gold Medal in the Herbert von Karajan Competition.
  As a composer, many of his compositions were performed in the former USSR and also in other countries. His Concerto for orchestra named “Traveling through the Time" won the prize at the International Composition Competition in Tokyo, Japan (1991). This competition was organized by Japanese TV Asahi and supported by UNESCO.
  His oratorio “May Peace Prevail on Earth" which was composed in 1995 won Special Award of the World Peace Prayer Society of the UN.
  Among his compositions are sonatas for piano, violin, children's cycle for piano, original pieces and transcriptions for violin and chamber orchestra, "Serenade for Strings," two cantatas for soloists, choir and orchestra, three chamber cantatas for soprano and chamber groups. string quartet, concerto for ten-instruments, two operas: Little Prince and Kodayu and also music for theater and cinema films.

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