Composer Tim Collins from Sydney, Australia was at the Aspen Music Festival and spoke with the San Francisco Chapter in 2017. "The setting is so tranquil and so beautiful and yet the intensity of the atmosphere is so electric and feverish," he said, noting that people come from around the world. "It's a really nice juxtaposition, really beautiful." Commissioned to compose an Otello told from Desdemona's point of view, for GRAMMY winner mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung and string quartet, Collins continues classical opera's tradition of violent death while singing, the kind of opportunity a composer such as Collins knew how to make the most of. She also performed two world premieres by Collins at the 2018 Aspen Music Festival. "I try to write things that effect people, give them a visceral reaction," he said, "something that moves them, especially to tears."