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WSP Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

  Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: This month, America celebrates AAPI Heritage Month. For those of us who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander, we celebrate our heritage everyday. As an Asian American woman who emigrated from Singapore to the US, it’s an interesting phenomenon to celebrate,… Read More

White Snake Projects Wins $750,000 Mellon Grant

  On the heels of their performances of Sing Out Strong: Remembered Voices, a musical commemoration of the overwhelming number of lives lost to the pandemic since the beginning of 2020, Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects (WSP), are pleased to… Read More

White Snake Projects Presents "Sing Out Strong: Remembered Voices," Tributes from Families Who Lost Loved Ones to COVID (March 11)

Since the start of the pandemic, Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects, have been developing a trilogy of virtual operas revolving around populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19: essential workers, the incarcerated, and survivors of intimate partner violence. Read More

The Pandemic Trilogy On Demand: January 21–February 28, 2022

We’re thrilled to announce we’re ringing in 2022 with The Pandemic Trilogy — Alice in the Pandemic, Death By Life and A Survivor’s Odyssey — on demand from January 21 through February 28. There’ll be lots of additional content including a documentary on the making… Read More

Founder Cerise Lim Jacobs Named One of Musical America's Top 30 Professionals for 2021

White Snake Project’s founder and executive producer, Cerise Lim Jacobs, was named one of Musical America’s “Top 30 Professionals of the Year.” The theme for this year’s award is “The Pandemic: Meeting the Moment,” honoring artists who emerged as innovators and leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

White Snake Projects Presents Sing Out Strong: Incarcerated Voices, Including Writers from Virtual Opera Death by Life (Press Release)

Galvanized by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May of 2020, Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects, developed the virtual opera Death by Life – exploring  the intersection of systemic racism and mass incarceration with texts written by incarcerated writers and their families and a score… Read More

Just Announced: "Sing Out Strong: Incarcerated Voices" to Take Place November 20

The pandemic has changed our entire way of life. It has changed the way we work, recreate, eat, learn, teach, interact with friends and family. It has forced us to confront the fact that life is precarious, fragile and precious. It has exposed the great divide in American society,… Read More

Tomorrow is Opening Night!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: It’s the day before! I’m in rehearsal now with the team as we put the finishing touches on this profoundly moving opera. The interconnectedness among the performers, despite the fact that they’re not in the same space, really speaks to the way that we’ve been… Read More

Five Days Until Opening Night!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: It’s the week of! We’re counting the days until Friday, September 24 when we open A Survivor’s Odyssey. Time is zipping by and I wish for a few extra hours each day to run that scene again, to add hair on the pigs, to rebuild… Read More

PROGRAM BOOK: A Survivor's Odyssey

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: It’s been an amazing week! We just completed our three part activist forums created with our partners as part of the ecosystem in which world premiere opera, A Survivor’s Odyssey lives.  Thank you audience members for coming on this journey of learning with us, and… Read More

SYNOPSIS: A Survivor’s Odyssey: The Journey of Penelope and Circe

[The story of Penelope and Circe alternates between the myths of their relationships with Odysseus in The Odyssey and present day reality of living in pandemic times, exploring what this means for those who face sexual violence.] World premiere virtual opera – September 24, 26 & 28. Read More

Program Book: A Survivor's Odyssey Online Forums

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer! Hopefully September will bring some spectacular sunny days. It will also bring the excitement of our world premiere of A Survivor’s Odyssey: The Journey of Penelope and Circe. It’s the third installment of WSP’s Pandemic… Read More

Tickets On Sale Now for "A Survivor's Odyssey"

We’re excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the third and final opera in White Snake Projects’ Pandemic Trilogy: A Survivor’s Odyssey: The Journey of Penelope and Circe. Like the first two operas in the Trilogy, A Survivor’s Odyssey will premiere LIVE in cyberspace, at 7:30pm, September… Read More

PermaDeath: What Does it Mean to Die Permanently?

It troubled me that my son came to White Snake Projects’ productions reluctantly from obligation. I asked him one day, “What would it take for you and your friends to really want to come see opera?” He replied, “If the experience could be like the opera scene in the… Read More

Naga is an Opera News Critics’ Choice!

I remember back in 2014 when I first met Scott Wheeler. We had lunch together to talk about a potential collaboration on a new opera, Naga (Sanskrit for “protector snake.”) I told Scott that Naga… Read More

REV. 23, Following Charles Through Heaven and Hell

I have Charles to thank (yet again) for REV. 23, an opera which explores heaven, hell and everything in between. I was wondering one day about where Charles was. It amused me that my incorrigible, irascible and impossible husband wouldn’t be caught dead (pardon the pun) in heaven (not… Read More

Ouroboros Trilogy: Following the Ancient Snake Who Eats Its Tail

What’s crazier than two neophytes making a new opera? Making three of course, all connected by the ouroboros snake in an endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Charles and I conceived of Ouroboros Trilogy – Naga, Madame White Snake, Gilgamesh – as a trio… Read More

White Snake Projects Awarded Civic Practice Grant from Opera America

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: “A healing moment occurs for the person who has told you their story, but also for you as the one who has accepted the story,” said Murray Sinclair, Anishinaabe leader. We’re honored to share the news that White Snake Projects and its indigenous partners, including… Read More

Madame White Snake, a Transformative Role Model

In 2005, I started to think about what I would give Charles for his 75th birthday. Charles never wanted “things;” but he was passionate about opera, so I commissioned a new music group to make a song cycle for him. The commission did not get off the ground. Panicked that I… Read More

White Snake Projects at Five Years

A Loving Retrospective on Charles, the Visionary Who Made This Happen It’s coming up soon — White Snake Projects will be five years old in September. Neither Charles (husband, artistic partner, visionary, daredevil, risk taker, raconteur, impresario — you get the picture . . .) nor I ever… Read More

Just Announced: A Survivor’s Odyssey Premieres September 24, 2021

Following the resounding success of the virtual opera Death by Life, treating the subjects of long-term incarceration and systemic racism, Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company White Snake Projects announce their third live virtual world premiere opera since the beginning of the pandemic. A Survivor’s Odyssey: The Journey… Read More

"To Breathe" — A Virtual Exhibition Exploring Art & Imagination Inside Prisons

Featuring visual artworks by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists, this virtual gallery, To Breathe, is part of White Snake Project’s Death By Life series on “Understanding and Responding to Mass Incarceration” in collaboration with the Pozen Center Human Rights Lab. The title of our virtual exhibition, To Breathe, was inspired by Renaldo… Read More

Three Online Events Exploring Systemic Racism and Long-Term Incarceration (March 30, April 6 & 13)

Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects, are pleased to announce three online events leading up to the premiere of their new virtual opera, Death By Life. Conceived as a monument of support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of… Read More

Explore with us the intersection of mass incarceration & systemic racism

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: We are thrilled to announce three upcoming forums presented in partnership with the University of Chicago Human Rights Lab as a prelude to Death By Life. Each session will be free to attend and streamed over Zoom. Read about about each forum, and follow the links… Read More

Back by popular demand: Alice in the Pandemic!

This unique show that changed the way opera is made digitally will be back for a limited time only: February 12- 28, 2021. For those who missed it when it premiered LIVE last year, here’s your chance to watch a recording of the live performance. For those who saw it… Read More

White Snake Projects Announces New Virtual Opera "Death by Life"

Galvanized by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May, Cerise Jacobs and her activist opera company, White Snake Projects, began a process of development for a new production that would stand as a monument of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The result is the virtual… Read More

Update on the Dreamers!

We hope this new year finds you safe and well. Now that the excitement of the inauguration has abated, I’d like to share with you some good news announced by our new President, just in case you missed it, regarding Dreamers, whom we’ve championed through our work in “I Am… Read More

On Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: I’ll never forget my visit to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, a museum honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s in the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated as he leant over the balcony in front of his… Read More

Happy New Year from White Snake Projects!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: May 2021 find you safe and warm. May we reunite one day with family and friends. And may you always savor the sweetness of life. With love from all of us at White Snake Projects,An Activist Opera Company. Read More

Seasons Greetings from White Snake Projects!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: 2020 is almost over. Words seem inadequate to describe the momentous events we’ve lived through and continue to wrestle with – the pandemic, Black Lives Matter, national elections . . .  We’ve lost our anchors of time and place, our livelihoods, education, friends and… Read More

Thank you!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:Thank you for coming to Sing Out Strong:  Essential Voices, a world premiere concert celebrating essential workers by commissioning composers to set their stories and words to music.  Seen and Heard International called the concert a “triumph of artistry and technology.”  The full… Read More

Announcing "Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices" (Press Release)

The October world premiere of White Snake Projects’ Alice in the Pandemic – a virtual opera bycreator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composer Jorge Sosa – met with well-deserved praise from every corner, for its innovation and the possibilities it revealed for the future of digital opera production. Building… Read More

SOS: Essential Voices Songs and Lyrics

  Caring for our co-workers Based on text by Melhim Bou Alwan, music by Breezy Love When I shook her hand this morning to introduce myselfMy patient nearly cried when I wasn’t petrified to touch her.Within those first ten days as the sole physicianA… Read More

PTSD Resources

Several audience members report being triggered by the issues explored in Alice in the Pandemic.  We had a discussion about this at our Talk Back at our last show.  As promised, here are a few links to Covid-19 mental health resources.  Please reach out for help if you need to. … Read More

A Letter to Our Friends

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: WE DID IT.  Three times, we did it! Three amazing runs, all different, yet the same.  Different because it’s LIVE performance and our artists are creating artistry in the moment;  the same because we’re telling a universal story of living in pandemic times, journeying… Read More

Reflections on Opening Night of "Alice"

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects:WE DID IT!  We took maiden technology for its first outing and got to the end of the show with only a hiccup.  We made a world premiere opera remotely.  We synced our singers live to 3G animation and music.  We are proud of ourselves,… Read More

Q&A with Tian Hui Ng

For Tian Hui Ng, going digital has meant rethinking everything he knows about conducting. Find out how the Music Director of “Alice in the Pandemic” changed his techniques to bring Jorge Sosa’s music and Cerise Lim Jacobs’s libretto to life online. How has your work as… Read More

First Dress Rehearsal for "Alice in the Pandemic

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: We had our first dress rehearsal last night!  It was so gratifying to see the different elements of the show coalesce – from the 3D animations, projections, electronics, orchestra, and children’s chorus to the sheer artistry of our singers which brought the show to… Read More

Students at Lesley Art + Design Respond to "Alice in the Pandemic"

We are so excited to share these beautiful designs, which were created for us by the talented students at Lesley Art + Design. Under the instruction of Animation Department Chair Catriona Baker and Professor Michael Talbot, the students were asked to create artistic responses to “Alice in the Pandemic.”… Read More

Songwriters Selected for Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices

We’re proud to announce the songwriters for Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices, which will premiere in an ALL-LIVE concert in December 2020. Essential Voices continues to amplify the voices of essential workers — the heroes who are keep us safe through the pandemic — just as Alice in the Pandemic does. In SOS: Essential Voices, we… Read More

White Snake Projects Premieres Alice in the Pandemic, Ambitious Virtual Opera Composed by Jorge Sosa (Oct 23–27)

On October 23–27, activist opera company White Snake Projects presents the world premiere of Alice in the Pandemic, a new virtual opera composed by Jorge Sosa. Led by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, the company has managed not only to quickly and ingeniously adapt to the changed performing arts environment, postponing until spring the originally slated premiere of composer… Read More

Meet the Cast

In between rehearsals, intensive tech training, and avatar transfigurations, cast members Carami Hilaire (Alice) and Eve Gigliotti (Mrs. Lee, her mother) took a little time to share a bit about themselves and their experience making Alice during this very strange year. Carami Hilaire What made you want to be… Read More

"Alice in the Pandemic," Activism and Opera

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: We’re less than one month away from the premiere of Alice in the Pandemic and we’re still deep in pandemic times.  The issues Jorge Sosa and I felt driven to write about are heightened, not lessened by time passing.   As a mission driven company,… Read More

Q&A With Curvin Huber

Meet White Snake Projects’ Director of Innovation Curvin Huber. In addition to his position as Professor of Interactive Media at Becker College, Curvin lends his design and technological expertise to many of White Snake Projects’ productions. Most recently, Curvin helped to create groundbreaking new motion capture technology for Alice… Read More

It's Time to Get Your Tickets!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgqN2-NzJYY Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: Today’s the day! Tickets for Alice in the Pandemic are on sale NOW!  The premiere is October 23–27, 2020, and we can’t wait to share this show with you.   We’ve spent a lot of time since lockdown thinking about how to re-create… Read More

Michael, Max and Me

Remembering Michael Johnson From his wife, Sandra Johnson I met Michael online He was in the Bronx I was in Brazil After seven months of talking He flew to Brazil with a ring We were married for fifteen years I loved this dry tough… Read More

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