Sunday, February 21, 2010

Oblivion - The Story of a New Opera

Welcome! For those new to my blog, I am a composer, educator, and doctoral candidate in Music Composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. For the next few months, this blog will trace the development of my new opera, Oblivion, from early drafts to the premiere and beyond. Relevant links and downloads will soon be available through my website:

The opera is a largely plotless meditation on acceptance, based on the short story "Ex Oblivione" by H.P. Lovecraft. (Learn more about this early science fiction pioneer at the H.P. Lovecraft Archive.) It also incorporates poetry by William Carlos Williams, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, myself, and others. Tracing the spiritual landscape of life's periphery, the story navigates clinical tedium, dreamworld surreality, and the threshold between existence and whatever follows.

And now the big news: Oblivion was recently accepted into a DC-area theater festival, and will premiere in July! (More details to come.)

My current progress includes much of a libretto, a few snippets of music, and a healthy dose of excitement and terror. I will post frequently, so check back often. Better yet, subscribe to this blog's RSS Feed (orange button on the top right of the page) so you can keep track of updates automatically! Looking forward to everyone's feedback.


P.S. - If you've a hankerin' to be a part of some new opera in the next 4-5 months, the time to say hello is now!

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