Christian Longchamp, noted artistic adviser and dramaturg with the Opéra national de Paris and Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin, has commissioned Associate Professor of Music Steven Nuss to write the program essay for the first performance in France of Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi’s grand opera Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion). Based on the novel of the same name by renowned Japanese author Yukio Mishima, this production of Kinkakuji will be the central event at the Arsmondo Japan festival in Strasbourg in March 2018.