September 13, 2009
Late in life, Wagner contemplated writing an opera on the life of Buddha. Late in life, John Cage contemplated writing a "Noh opera," applying Zen Buddhist principles. Now the highly versatile composer David Rosenboom (pictured) and the equally versatile stage director Travis Preston have come up with what they are calling an “opera no-opera” based on the Buddhist Diamond Sutra. Attached through devices of non-attachment will be interactive stories and music from around the world in what promises to be something completely new in music theater by two artists with impressive track records. More new West Coast opera follows a few days later when Steven Schwartz's "Séance on a Wet Afternoon" premieres at Santa Barbara Opera on Sept. 26 and Evan Zipporyn's "A House in Bali" opens the same day at UC Berkeley.