ONOE MATSUSUKE IV

Stage names:

Onoe Matsusuke IV
Onoe Umegor˘
Ichimura Kitsugor˘
Matsumoto Kokanshi

Real name: Kurihara Umegor˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Baiga

Existence: 29th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1843 ~ 5 September 1928

Connections:

Masters: Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Matsumoto Kinsh˘

Career:

1843: born in ďsaka in the district of Shimanouchi. His father Kurihara Yasuke was a backstage assistant of the Edo star Matsumoto K˘shir˘ V.

1844: he goes back to Edo with his father.

1848: he becomes disciple of Matsumoto Kinsh˘, receives the name of Matsumoto Kokanshi and makes his first stage appearance in March at the Kawarazakiza.

11th lunar month of 1849: his master Matsumoto Kinsh˘ dies.

1st lunar month of 1865: he becomes disciple of Ichimura Kakitsu IV and receives the name of Ichimura Kitsugor˘.

8th lunar month of 1868: great shűmei at the Ichimuraza; Ichimura Kakitsu IV and Ichimura Takematsu III respectively take the names of Onoe Kikugor˘ V and Ichimura Uzaemon XIV; Ichimura Kitsugor˘ takes the name of Onoe Umegor˘.

March 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's masterpiece "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana"; Umegor˘ plays the role of J˘ga [casting].

June 1881: Onoe Umegor˘ takes the name of Onoe Matsusuke IV at the Shintomiza, playing the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki in Kawatake Mokuami's jidaimono "Youchi Soga Kariba no Akebono". Premiere in the same theater of Kawatake Shinshichi II's dance-drama "Tsuchi Gumo", which is staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III; Matsusuke plays the role of Usui Sadamitsu [casting].

November 1883: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Z˘ho Tenjiku Tokubei", a revision of Tsuruya Namboku IV's "Tenjiku Tokubei Ikoku Banashi"; Matsusuke plays the roles of Yamana Tokigor˘ and Kojima Yoshir˘ [casting].

February 1885: Matsusuke takes part in the opening ceremony of the Chitoseza [more details]. Premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Suitengű Megumi no Fukagawa"; Matsusuke plays the roles of sahainin Yohei and Ibaraki Denji [casting].

March 1886: premiŔre at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Mekura Nagaya Ume-ga-Kagatobi"; Matsusuke plays the roles of Okane and Goroji [casting].

November 1891: the title "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubei" is used for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Fukanoza; Matsusuke plays the roles of Yoshioka S˘kan and Moku S˘kan [casting].

January 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Shiobara Tasuke Ichidaiki"; Matsusuke plays the roles of the farmer Shiobara Kakuemon, Akidarugai Kyűhachi and Matatabi Okaku [casting].

July 1892: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Kaidan Botan D˘r˘", adapted to Kabuki from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘; Matsusuke plays the role of Iijima Heizaemon [casting].

January 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's dance-drama "Hagoromo"; Matsusuke plays the role of the fisherman Mihoji [casting].

May 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi"; Matsusuke plays the role of Koito's foster mother Otetsu [casting].

October 1902: premiere at the Kabukiza of Enokido Kenji's drama "Ninj˘ Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi"; Matsusuke plays the role of Izumiya Seibei [casting].

18 February 1903: his master Onoe Kikugor˘ V dies.

June 1904: premiere at the Kabukiza of the drama "Meiboku Kasane Monogatari"; Matsusuke plays the role of Kingor˘ [casting].

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of the kabuki jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Matsusuke plays the role of Kajiwara Heiz˘ Kagetoki [casting].

April 1910: premiere at the Kabukiza of "Yuki no Yűbe Iriya no Azemichi", a few scenes taken from "Kumo ni Magou Ueno no Hatsuhana" focusing on Kataoka Naojir˘ and his lover Michitose and staged independently from the rest of the play; Matsusuke plays the role of the blind masseur J˘ga [casting].

Comments:

Onoe Matsusuke IV was a talented supporting tachiyaku, excelling in fukeyaku or katakiyaku roles in sewamono dramas.

Onoe Matsusuke IV playing the role of K˘mori Yasu in the drama "Yowa Nasake Ukina no Yokogushi" (print made by Natori Shunsen)

Print made by Utagawa Kunisada in 1892

The Onoe Matsusuke line of actors

 
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