Independent Productions

Independent Productions

“Great art is created only through diligent and painstaking effort to perfect and polish oneself.”

— Daisaku Ikeda

Min-On’s mission is not limited to enhancing worldwide cultural exchange and providing a wide range of the finest performing arts; the organization also hosts a variety of independent productions throughout Japan every year to encourage the flourishing of music and the arts. These productions have included a number of operas independently produced by Min-On, as well as original musicals and plays. Most recently in 2008, Min-On created its own production of Odyssey—Brass Angels 2008, featuring an all-female cast with brass, percussion and color guard performers from the United States. This unique production was named Music Motion Theater, which could be categorized as a new musical genre—a fusion of two different American performing arts traditions: marching bands and Broadway style musical theater.

Min-On Opera Productions

Min-On Opera Production “Les contes d'Hoffmann” in 1984Min-On Opera Production “Les contes d'Hoffmann” in 1984 Original Opera La Traviata  in 1990Original Opera La Traviata in 1990
  • 1983 - “Le Nozze di Figaro”Produced by Yasuhiko Aguni; Conducted by Yukinori Tezuka; Soloists: Tadahiko Hirano, Hiroshi Kudo, Mitsumasa Sato, Yukie Okura, Yukiko Iwasaki, Masako Saito, Yasuko Kozaki and Kimiko Nagahama
  • 1984 - “Les contes d'Hoffmann” Produced by Keisuke Suzuki; Conducted by Seiji Ozawa; Soloists: Makoto Hayashi, Kiyomi Toyota, Yukie Okura, Yoshie Tanaka and Takao Okamura
  • 1985 - “Madama Butterfly”Produced by Yasuhiko Aguni; Conducted by Tadaaki Odaka and Makoto Kokubu; Soloists: Iiran Chu, Yukiko Iwasaki, Yuko Ofuji, Kazuko Nagai, Shinya Kuroda, Kazuko Kobayashi and Makoto Hayashi
  • 1987 - “La Cenerentola”Produced by Yasuhiko Aguni; Conducted by Jerome Kaltenbach and Naohiro Totsuka; Soloists: Yoshihisa Yamaji, Eiichi Taira, Kiyoshi Oda, Hiroyuki Okayama, Kiyotaka Kaga, Taichi Uchiyama, Kazuko Nagai and Keiko Omi
  • 1989 - “The Queen of Spades”Produced by Yasuhiko Aguni; Conducted by Seiji Ozawa; Soloists: Hiroshi Kawakami, Makoto Hayashi, Shinobu Sato, Masako Saida, Akemi Nishi, Aiko Kori, Michio Tatara and Susumu Matsumoto
  • 1990 - “La Traviata”Produced by Yasuhiko Aguni and Shigetaka Matsumoto; Conducted by Jacques Delacote; Soloists: Shinobu Sato, Robert Alagna, Robert Flontali, Michiko Aoki, Yukimi Akiyama and Ikuo Obo

Original Dramas
among twenty-four different productions

Original Drama Rentaro Taki's Story,”Kojyo no Tsuki in 1990Original Drama Rentaro Taki's Story,”Kojyo no Tsuki in 1990 Mi-On Popular Song Theater “Bokyo no Uta”Mi-On Popular Song Theater “Bokyo no Uta”
1974 “Broken Drum,” starring Isamu Nagato
1976 Min-On Romantic Theater: “Hachiro Sato’s Song of Balloon,” starring Teruhiko Aoi
1978 Min-On Romantic Theater: “Hakushu Kitahara’s Path I Had Walked Once Before”
1981 Original Play: “Aoki Okami,” starring Tomisaburo Wakayama
1984 Min-On Popular Song Theater: “Bokyo no Uta,” starring Makoto Fujita
1987 Min-On Original Theater: “Omitsu,” starring Pinko Izumi
1990 “Boy and Cherry Trees” by Tsunobue Theater Company
1990 “The Rentaro Taki Story,” starring Noboru Matsuhashi
2004 Choral Theater: “Blue Sky,” starring Mai Kitajima and Singers

Original Musicals
among twenty-three different productions

Original Musical “Swingin’ at Backstage” in 1995Original Musical “Swingin’ at Backstage” in 1995 Min-On Production Odyssey” in 1995Min-On Production Odyssey
1973 “Genius Drifter,” starring Gannosuke Ashiya
1975 “October Is the Land of Twilight,” starring the Tokyo Kid Brothers
1975 “Chaplin and Me,” starring Ichiro Arishima
1976 “One Same Door,” starring the Tokyo Kid Brothers
1985 “Le Pettit Prince,” starring Hideko Yoshida
1995 “Swingin’ at Backstage,” starring Izumi Yukimura and Kaho Shimada
1995 “The Broadway Story,” starring Yoshinori Monta
2008 Music Motion Theater: “Odyssey—Brass Angels 2008”