September 27–29, 2018
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre


Dan Visconti

Cerise Lim Jacobs
Creator and Librettist

Pirate Epstein

Cori Ellison

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PermaDeath, or Permanent Death, is not tautologous in the world of videogames.

Your avatar is “killed,” but rises again to fight another day. But what if it never rises again? What if it dies permanently? Watch the gods of the 21st century, our digital avatars, battle it out in cyber space in an epic fight to the death. Who will be left standing?

Creative Team

Dan Visconti Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs Creator and Librettist
Pirate Epstein Co-Librettist
Cori Ellison Dramaturg
White Snake Projects Executive Producer
Jessica Ernst Associate Producer
Georgia Lyman Development Producer
Daniela Candillari Conductor
Sam Helfrich Director
Zane Pihlstrom Set and Costume Design
Curvin Huber Director of CGI
Matthew Hopkins Assistant Technical Director of CGI
Becker College App Development
Mathew Solomon Sound Designer
Derek Van Heel Lighting Designer
Catriona Baker Director of Preproduction and Animation
Lesley University Animation
Ayoung Kwon Animator and VFX Artist
Joshua Jandreau Music Supervisor
Xiao’an Li Orchestra Contractor and Manager
Glenn Petry Publicity
Kathy Wittman Projections Designer
Joshua Major Workshop Director
New England Conservatory Workshop Performers

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The Inspiration

1.2 billion people play video games and spend 3 billion hours a week doing so.

The smartphone has become our best friend. It’s a dining companion, commuting companion, concert/theater companion etc. We’re connected to it by an invisible umbilical cord. So what does that mean when the lights dim and an anonymous voice asks those of us addicted to our phones to cut that cord, to turn off the phone, for god’s sake? What if opera embraced this phenomenon and asked the phone-addicts to hang on to their lifeline, indeed to use it to participate in what they’re seeing and hearing?


A BIG Thank you to all!

Thank you for taking a risk with us by supporting PermaDeath as audience members, donors, hosts, volunteers, creators, artists, panel members, and well-wishers. As I look back over PermaDeath, the most challenging production we've ever done, I'm filled with wonder at how we managed to do it! Read More

Opening Night

Opening night was last night. Hard to believe we only have two shows left – tonight, Friday September 28 and tomorrow, Saturday, September 29. Our creative team was on tenterhooks with fingers and toes crossed that the gods of technology would be smiling down on us. And yes, they… Read More

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Dress Rehearsal Videos

Composer Dan Visconti took a few videos during this week's dress rehearsals. Read More

“It’s the night before the big night.”

“It’s the night before the big night,” so the entire ensemble sings in Scene 6 of PermaDeath as they contemplate the Tournament of Death that they’ll be fighting in the next day. A sleepless night for all. It’s the night before the big night for the artistic and creative… Read More

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PermaDeath on Boston 25 News

Segment originally aired September 25, 2018 on Boston 25 News. Read More

Meet Team Nyx

The three Team Nyx singers (Shirin Eskandani, Chris Carbin, and Stephen Carroll) took some time out of their busy rehearsal schedule to answer a few of our questions. Read More