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.
To design The Bonesetter’s Daughter costumes, Han Feng consulted with director Chen Shi-Zheng, and researched fabrics and construction techniques. She then took her drawings and fabric samples to San Francisco to review each scene in the opera with San Francisco Opera’s costume director, Daniele McCartan, and costume production supervisor, Christopher Verdosci.