- Masakata Kanazawa
(b Tokyo, Feb 10, 1935). Japanese composer. She studied with Ikenouchi and later with Dutilleux in Paris (1962) and with Alexander Tcherepnin. She also studied singing with I.A. Corradetti at the Venice Conservatory (1963) and Gregorian chant on her return to Japan, both experiences that greatly expanded her creative horizons. She made her début as an opera composer in 1981 with a chamber opera, Shārokku Hōmuzu no jikenbo; her second opera, Iwai-uta ga nagareru yoru ni (1982–3), an anti-war drama describing the downfall of a rich and traditional family, was a sensational success in Tokyo, establishing her name and winning a Giraud Opera Prize as well as a prize for its libretto. She wrote a dozen more operas in quick succession, including a revision of an early work, Chieko-shō (1978, revised 1984), describing the mutual devotion of the poet-sculptor Kōtarō and his wife Chieko, ...