British soprano sings at nursing home for A-bomb survivors

by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer

On December 17, Charlotte de Rothschild, a British soprano, performed for about 60 residents at Funairi Mutsumien, a nursing home for A-bomb survivors located in Naka Ward, Hiroshima.

Ms. Rothschild sang eight pieces, including “Akatonbo” (“Red Dragonfly”) in Japanese, in a clear, beautiful voice. She shook hands with each resident and told them that she hopes the world will become a more peaceful place. Masato Orimi, 84, expressed delight, saying, “Hearing those old, familiar songs touched my heart.”

Ms. Rothschild is paying her first visit to Hiroshima and will perform on December 18 at a venue in Naka Ward. On December 16 she toured the Peace Memorial Museum in the Peace Memorial Park. The soprano is also a member of the wealthy Rothschild family.

(Originally published on December 18, 2015)