When a new opera is produced, dozens of artists and craftspeople from various disciplines come together around a shared dramatic and musical vision. This collaboration requires extraordinary skill, and cooperation on a grand scale.
San Francisco Opera’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter, composed by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by novelist Amy Tan, brought together singers, designers and musicians from three continents. Many were steeped in the Western operatic tradition, but for others, it was an introduction to American opera.
This collection focuses on the joys and challenges of collaboration, with reflections from several of the artists who brought The Bonesetter’s Daughter to life.
Wu Tong is an extraordinary musician who plays several Chinese instruments and sings with Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, and performs internationally. He’s also a chart-topping vocalist for a pioneering rock band called Lanhui (Again), which merges the energy of rock with traditional Chinese form and aesthetics. In this clip, composer Stewart Wallace and Wu Tong rehearse together.