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 is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



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? Read the full synopsis

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
Catriona Baker Director of Preproduction and Animation
Lesley University Animation
Joshua Jandreau Music Supervisor
Xiao’an Li Orchestra Contractor and Manager
Glenn Petry Publicity
Kathy Wittman Video Design Videography
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? READ CERISE LIM JACOBS’ INSPIRATION...

PermaDeath on the White Snake Projects Blog

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. Shirin Eskandani (Aphrodite) How do you relate to your character in PermaDeath? I love love. I love… Read More

Meet Team Phoebus

The voices behind Team Phoebus take a break from rehearsals to speak with us about PermaDeath’s technology, video games, and their love of baking. Josh Quinn (Apollo) What are you most looking forward to in the premiere of PermaDeath? I think I’m most looking forward to… Read More

Orchestra Rehearsal

It’s orchestra rehearsal time!  It’s always so exciting to hear the colors and dynamism of the composer’s vision in action. Dan Visconti has created a kaleidoscope of sounds and effects, mixing electronics, courtesy of sound designer Mat Solomon, with acoustic instruments and natural voices. Here is our orchestra hard at… Read More
Visionaries Podcast

Introducing the Opus Affair Podcast series, entitled “Visionaries.” So proud to be featured in its first episode. I discuss how White Snake Projects evolved into the activist company it is today, creating original and socially relevant opera, many of which innovate with the latest audio and video technology. PermaDeath… Read More

Journeying with ALS

  We took a day off rehearsals to participate in the panel:  “Journeying with ALS: Finding Voice Through Art, Music and Technology.” This evening was the culmination of a year’s work, in collaboration with Ron Hoffman of Compassionate Care, ALS, and Lesley University,… Read More

A Note from PermaDeath Director Sam Helfrich

Technology is everywhere: in front of our eyes, at our fingertips, and all around us, delivering information, news, romance, friendship, and a massive amount of entertainment. Every day new advances in technology mean the world is moving faster and faster. PermaDeath is an… Read More

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