I am over at D.L. Mayfield’s Upside-Down Art today.
Upside-Down Art: Opera Outside the Mainstream
I am in the process of publishing a collection of stories from my life. One section of the book is five stories about major musical compositions I have written. The last story in this section is about my opera, ASCONA. The excerpt below is near the ending of that story.
Writing operas was a wonderful way to spend my days. I loved it – getting lost in my imagination – feeling the most extreme emotions and trying to capture them in sound and form – living a fantasy life to the max that actually had a tangible notation and had the possibility of being reconstructed by performers and experienced by audiences. It was a constant high – living in ecstasy as long as I could maintain the energy and distance myself from obvious reality.
That reality is that the socio-economics of our day does not lend itself to the production of operas.
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