Shortly after getting back into Los Angeles, my collaborator composer Alan Chan and I met wtih his friend (and now my friend) opera singer Timur Bekbosunov to catch up over lunch at the legendary eatery Holbox.
Timur e-introduced us to the wonderful Diana Wyenn as someone who might potentially be able to help guide us in the development of our opera. Long story short: Diana, Alan, and I met, liked each other, and I was convinced to stay in LA an extra week to have a reading to help in the developing of my libretto.
I'm not going to lie- listening to everyone slowly pore over my text line by line felt painful. But in the end, the process gave me a clear picture of where to go from here in terms of revision. (So much more work ahead!)
Reading of my libretto "Immortal Labia" with director Diana Wyenn; opera singers and actors Sonal Shah, Kara Wang, Orson Van Gay II, Arthur Keng, Timur Bekbosunov, Lauren Campedelli; and composer Alan Chan.
Thanks to Timur for introducing Diana to Alan and me!