What’s Your “Impossible Dream?” My Night at the 2010 Grammys

When Taylor Swift stood in front of the TV cameras and the packed auditorium in Staples Center in Los Angeles a couple nights ago and accepted her Grammy for Best Country Album, she said, “I just feel like I’m standing here accepting an impossible dream right now.”

I feel you, Taylor. Not that I can boast quite an accomplishment like standing in front of the whole world and accepting a Grammy (yet…lol), yet I can still say with satisfaction (and gratitude) that I feel like I’m living an “impossible dream” of my own. If there really is such a thing as an “impossible” dream.

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About Rapera Finale Part 1

Note: For a complete update on the original Rapera scene, please see the earlier video on “philosophy of Rapera” entries on this blog!

The following scene of “Rapera” begins nearly ten months later. Humanity has been deeply affected for the better by the Youth’s noble stand for cooperation and people working together. People are now cooperating in ways they never were before, and there is a general spirit of optimism and hope that humanity has never seen before. At there same time, there is concern about the fate of humankind at the hands of the Gods, who previously threatened to destroy the Earth if humans did not learn to cooperate. In this atmosphere, all gather together to witness a solar eclipse that is about to occur at the decisive moment when all will know whether the Earth will spared… or be destroyed. And at the height of humanity’s hope, a horrible event takes place which threatens all the progress that humans have made, and threatens to condemn live on Earth to nothingness…

Debut of My Original Musical Theater Piece “Rapera”

The premiere of my original work Rapera, as part of Peninsula Teen Opera’s performances, happened on January 17th and 18th 2009 at Canada College in Redwood City. The talented teenagers of this unique opera workshop program worked diligently from October until January to bring to life a marvelous collection of fully-staged opera scenes, including condensed versions of Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach and Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck, as well as scenes from The Sound of Music, Pirates of Penzance , Carmen , Don Giovanni and others! I am honored to have my work included among this prestigious list, and it has truly been a delight to work with these gifted teenagers.


Special thanks to Allen and Hiltrud Cathcart from Peninsula Teen Opera for allowing me this amazing opportunity to share Rapera with you.



The Coincidental Meaning of “Rapera”

Rapera Latest Updates:

I was astounded to find a blog by a Malaysian law lecturer, in which he defines the term “rapera” as a “savior citizen…[who makes] a positive impact in the betterment of society.” His ideas bear an uncanny resemblance to the spirit of Rapera and especially to the character of the youth. Read Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos’s blog here!