Yukionna - a Japanese Fairy Tale of the Snow Witch

Composed by Asako Hirabayashi

Libretto by Steven Epp of Theatre de la Jeune Lune

Soprano Momoko Tanno


Join us for a concert performance of a new opera by award winning composer Asako Hirabayashi, adapted by actor/writer Steven Epp.


Based on a well known and ancient Japanese folktale, this world premiere opera re-imagines the heart-wrenching tragedy of the Snow Witch, Yukionna — a story of a love torn between human desire, and the brutal instincts of Mother Nature. Watch as this folktale is brought to life before your eyes as it blends both Japanese and Western cultures,by blending Western opera style with Japanese arias and musicality. This concert features breathtaking performances by the Twin Cities finest chamber musicians conducted by Andrew Altenbach and soprano Momoko Tanno.

Momoko Tanno is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. 

World Premiere Performance: May 31

Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University
     1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul

Doors open 2:30 pm

Show starts 3:00 pm

Reception to follow


$20 for General

$15 for JASM Members

$10 Students

$5 18-under

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Asako Hirabayashi is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This program is hosted by the Japan Society of Minnesota and funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative, the Metropolitan Regional Arts council, Naigai Industries U.S.A., Inc., 3M Company, and by individual donors.