Upside-Down Art: Opera Outside the Mainstream

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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About Newell Hendricks

I have lived a good life. Maybe a counterculture life, maybe a normal life. I have written operas, built houses, been involved with cross-cultural education between Latin America and the U.S, and hardly ever had a job I have helped raise two wonderful children with my amazing wife. It's been a good ride. And I go to church. I've just finished a book of stories from my life, I am still connected to an organization in Nicaragua that promotes sister relationships between communities, faith communities, or schoold, and to the extent that my cancer doesn't pull me down, am attempting to share some of what I have learned, or at least tried out. Welcome, and let's share.
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4 Responses to Upside-Down Art: Opera Outside the Mainstream

  1. Is your opera recorded somewhere we can listen to it? Wagner’s story… wow, not the kind of adulation one would want… what an incredible story!

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  2. This is incredible, Newell! I was actually a vocal performance major in undergraduate, and I sang in several operas while in college and for a few years after I graduated at a few opera companies in St. Louis, MO. The more I learn about you, the more I feel we are kindred spirits! I would LOVE to hear your operas!

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