ONOE MATSUSUKE IV

Stage names:

Onoe Matsusuke IV In Japanese
Onoe Umegor˘ In Japanese
Ichimura Kitsugor˘ In Japanese
Matsumoto Kokanshi In Japanese

Other name:

Ichikawa Kokanshi In Japanese

Real name: Kurihara Umegor˘

Guild: Otowaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Poetry name: Baiga

Existence: 29th day of the 2nd lunar month of 1843 [1] ~ 5 September 1928

Connections:

Masters: Onoe Kikugor˘ V, Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I

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 went back to Edo with his father.

1848: he became disciple of Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I, received the name of Matsumoto Kokanshi and made his first stage appearance in the 3rd lunar month at the Kawarasakiza.

3rd day of the 11th lunar month of 1849 [2]: his master Matsumoto Kinsh˘ I died.

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

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

October 1878: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Jitsugetsusei Ky˘wa Seidan"; Umegor˘ played the role of Arakuma no Kuroz˘ [casting].

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

June 1881: Onoe Umegor˘ took 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 was staged to commemorate the 32nd anniversary (33rd memorial service) of late Onoe Kikugor˘ III; Matsusuke played the role of Usui Sadamitsu [casting].

November 1881: premiere at the Shintomiza of Kawatake Mokuami's zangirimono drama "Shima Chidori Tsuki no Shiranami"; Matsusuke played the roles of the rikisha Yashű Toku and Oteru's mother Sokkin Oichi [casting].

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

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

November 1885: premiere at the Chitoseza of Kawatake Mokuami's drama "Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume-no-Ha"; Matsusuke played the roles of the udonya Rokubŕ and the Fujioka tedai Senji [more details].

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

March 1890: premiere at the Kiriza of Takeshiba Kisui's drama "Kami no Megumi Wag˘ no Torikumi"; Matsusuke played the role of the tobi R˘getsu-ch˘ Kameemon [more details].

November 1891: the title "Oto ni Kiku Tenjiku Tokubŕ" was used for the first time, in T˘ky˘ at the Fukanoza; Matsusuke played 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 played 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 for Kabuki from a famous Rakugo story created by San'yűtei Ench˘; Matsusuke played the role of Iijima Heizaemon [casting].

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

May 1898: premiere at the Kabukiza of Kawatake Shinshichi III's drama "Edo Sodachi Omatsuri Sashichi"; Matsusuke played 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 played the role of Izumiya Seibŕ [casting].

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

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

November 1908: revival at the Kabukiza of the Kabuki Jűhachiban drama "Kagekiyo"; Matsusuke played 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 played the role of the blind masseur J˘ga [casting].

September 1921: premiere at the Ichimuraza of Yamamoto Yűz˘'s drama "Sakazaki Dewa-no-Kami"; Matsusuke played the role of Konchiin Sűden [more details].

March 1923: premiere at the Imperial Theater of Osanai Kaoru's drama "Musuko"; Matsusuke played the role of the r˘ya [more details].

5 September 1928: Matsusuke died.

Comments:

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

[1] The 29th day of the 2nd lunar month of the 14th year of the Tenp˘ era was the 29th of March 1843 in the western calendar.

[2] The 3rd day of the 11th lunar month of the 2nd year of the Kaei era was the 17th of December 1849 in the western calendar.

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

Prints & Illustrations

The Onoe Matsusuke line of actors

 
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