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CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT! "Maestro Hirai made a remarkable Carnegie Hall debut in front of an audience of about 3,000 people who recognized his outstanding job with the New York Festival Orchestra."                    

- New York Cultural Examiner  -

~Let's Celebrate NYFO's Exciting Season!!~

New York Festival Orchestra (NYFO) will present an exciting series of concerts with everyone's favorite masterworks by great composers as well as unique repertoire.  It would be our great pleasure to have you at our concerts. 

Postponed until Spring, 2024 due to COVID-19.
More info: TBA

Coming up next!!


  < U. S. premiere>

                                                                           Original Libretto: Tenshin (Kakuzo) OKAKURA

                                                                        Japanese Translation, Libretto and Music: Hideaki HIRAI

Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Merkin Hall, Kaufman Music Center

129 West 67th Street (Bet. Broadway & Amsterdam)

New York, NY 10023

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Hideaki Hirai, Music Director/ Conductor


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"The White Fox" by Atsuki Settangeli, Painter


Asako Tamura, Soprano


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Takumi Yogi, Tenor


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Takaki Kurihara, Baritone


"...Her voice is brilliant jewel of the voice..."

by Graeme Kay (British writer/broadcaster)

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Motomi Tanaka, Soprano



Kohei Yokoyama, Baritone


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Kyo Kasumi, "Tate" Sword Master


The New York Festival Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Hideaki Hirai, will present the U. S. premiere of the OPERA, "THE WHITE FOX" . 

The Opera, “The White Fox” is based on the original English libretto by a legendary Japanese scholar TENSHIN OKAKURA (1863-1913), widely-known for his best-seller, “THE BOOK OF TEA”, published in 1906 (New York).


In 2013, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Okakura's death, Maestro Hideaki Hirai successfully completed as an Opera in 3 acts with Japanese translation, libretto and music.

The U.S. premiere of the entire opera will be held at MERKIN HALL of Kaufman Art Center, in collaboration with astonishing Atsuki Settangeli’s paintings as stage art.

NYFO is proud to present our Music Director, Hideaki Hirai's own acclaimed Opera, "The White Fox", featuring an internationally acclaimed Japanese Soprano, Asako Tamura, who appeared as soloist with the Three Tenors- Domingo, Pavarotti and Carreras , 4 other brilliant soloists from Italy, New York and Tokyo as well as an award-winning stellar "Tate" Sword master, Kyo Kasumi,  New York Festival Chorus & Children's Chorus, Members from Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir and  A Little White Fox Ballet.

It will absolutely be  an unforgettable operatic evening not to be missed!



Hideaki Hirai:  Opera,"THE WHITE FOX" (in 3 Acts/Japanese)

                             - U. S. premiere 

Original Libretto: Tenshin (Kakuzo) OKAKURA

Japanese Translation, Libretto and Music: Hideaki HIRAI

Conductor/Stage Director: Hideaki HIRAI

Stage Art: Atsuki SETTANGELI

Sword Fight Director/Choreographer: Kyo KASUMI

Ballet Choreographer: Akiko MAKINO


Kuzunoha/Kolha:                    Asako TAMURA, Soprano

Yasuna:                                     Takumi YOGI, Tenor

Ackeimon:                                 Takaki KURIHARA, Baritone

Damsel/Fox Maiden/Pilgrim: Motomi TANAKA, Soprano

Huntsman/Soldier/Pilgrim:    Kohei YOKOYAMA, Baritone

Supporting Actors:                  Master Kyo KASUMI, Taiju NAKANE

                                                  and Norihiro MARUTA

Chorus:          New York Festival Chorus & Children's Chorus,

                       Members from Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir

Ballet:             A Little White Fox Ballet

Orchestra:      New York Festival Orchestra

Produced by New York Festival Orchestra (FORTE 90, Inc.) and ARIOSO LLC
Presented by BV Artists International (New York)

Tickets: $35

Box Office: 212-501-3330

NYFO Office: 718- 232-3712


Supported by Robert Crowder Foundation, Y.K. Transasset, Sengokudama, Atelier73, Circle Wind Boys & Girls Choir, Hideaki Hirai Opera Chorus, TATE Hatoryu NY, Ibaraki Prefectural People's Opera Association, Myoko Byakko Club Chorus, Myoko City Board of Education, Myoko Cultural Promotion Agency and many other corporate/individual supporters.

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