Last week I was in Vancouver for the annual conference of Opera America, the service organization for opera companies throughout North America.
The event consists of several days of meetings, seminars and presentations and is held in a different city every year. Last year we were in Philadelphia, and previous conferences were in Boston and Los Angeles.
A highlight of the conference is always an opera production given by the host company, and this year there were performances of Tan Dun’s TEA: A MIRROR OF SOUL. I had seen the piece once before in Santa Fe about six years ago, and was once again struck by the extraordinary “sound world” created by the composer to evoke an eerie, mysterious world. Continue reading →