Murasaki's Moon


The sequestered life of a lady-in-waiting feels suffocating to the imaginative yet introspective Lady Murasaki. To escape the boundaries of the palace, she begins to write an epic tale of love and freedom. Murasaki’s life in the palace helps to shape the world of her novel, The Tale of Genji, which catapults her to fame, yet creates tension within the palace. She struggles to find a balance between the relationships with those around her, the characters she creates, and the far-reaching impact of her writing. 

Commissioned by On Site Opera, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and American Lyric Theater.

World Premiere produced by On Site Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Libretto Workshop & Reading: December 2018

Piano/Vocal Workshop & Reading: January 2019

Orchestral Workshop and Reading: March 2019

World Premiere: May 17 - 19, Astor Chinese Garden Court
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

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Lady Murasaki (mezzo-soprano)
Genji (tenor)


MICHI WIANCKO is an internationally-acclaimed,multi-dimensional composer, violinist, and collaborator. Her works have been performed by orchestras, ensembles, and bands around the world. She has been commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Enso Quartet, Sybarite5, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Boston Conservatory Orchestra, and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (among others). She also composes for films, commercials, and for her own band, Kono Michi. Michi has worked closely and performed with musicians across a vast musical spectrum including Missy Mazzoli, Steve Reich, Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Emily Wells, Laurie Anderson, Daniel Wohl, Vijay Iyer, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Music in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from Juilliard.  


DEBORAH BREVOORT writes plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which won the Onassis international playwriting competition and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American plays award.  It is produced all over the US and internationally.  After participating in American Lyric Theater’s (ALT) Composer Librettist development program, Deborah has turned her attention almost exclusively to writing opera librettos and musicals.  Her latest libretto is for Murasaki’s Moon, with composer Michi Wiancko, commissioned by NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, On Site Opera and ALT. Her other operas include Embedded and Steal a Pencil for Me, both of which won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera. She has also written a new version of Mozart’s The Impresario and a contemporary adaptation of Die Fledermaus, set in the world of reality TV, for the Anchorage Opera.  Her libretto for Albert Nobbs, with Patrick Soluri, was a finalist for the Pellicciotti Prize in opera composition.  Her plays include Blue Moon Over Memphis (a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley), The Poetry of PizzaThe Blue-Sky BoysThe Comfort TeamThe Velvet Weapon and My Lord What Night. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre. She’s an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the National Theatre Conference and a cofounder of Theatre Without Borders. She serves as a mentor to the Rainmaker Project in Kenya, which is dedicated to creating new musicals by Kenyan composers and writers.