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 Digital Content Designer
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

How to use PermaDeath’s Companion App

Have you downloaded the companion app to PermaDeath yet? Created by students from Becker College, the app allows you to further explore the PermaDeath world and its characters. Each character has its own icon–we call them triggers–that you can find on our website and in… Read More

“There are similarities between opera and video games.”

You watched our first preview video about the PermaDeath story, now learn about PermaDeath’s technology! Video: Kathy Wittman/Ball Square Films… Read More

Tickets on Sale Today, May 15, for Creator and Librettist Cerise Jacobs’s Video Game Opera PermaDeath, Composed by Dan Visconti

For immediate release Contact Glenn Petry (212) 625 2038 Tickets on sale today, May 15, for Cerise Jacobs video game opera PermaDeath Tickets go on sale today for the latest brainchild of creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, the video game opera PermaDeath. Hailed by… Read More

PermaDeath at PAX East

The White Snake Projects Team is recovering from PAX East 2018, the largest video game consumer event in the United States with over 100,000 people attending four days of gaming, demos, cosplay, and just plain fun! Read More

Librettist Cerise Jacobs Collaborates with Visual Art and Technical Virtuosos for Video Game Opera PermaDeath

For immediate release Contact Glenn Petry (212) 625 2038 The latest undertaking for the “intrepid and artistically ambitious” (Opera magazine) creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs is the upcoming video game opera PermaDeath, premiering at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater on September 27-29 of this year. Co-written with her son… Read More

First Look: PermaDeath

A preview of White Snake Projects’ upcoming opera, PermaDeath. Video: Kathy Wittman/Ball Square Films… Read More

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