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Author Archives: Cerise Lim Jacobs

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 month ago

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.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 month ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 month ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 7 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 7 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 8 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 8 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 9 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 9 months ago

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.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 10 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 10 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 10 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 11 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 11 months ago

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. …

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

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,…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

Dress Rehearsal Update: Two Days to Go!

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: As we learned last night, when you’re preparing a world-premiere digital opera, Tech Week gets taken to a whole new level! The Internet demons were not cooperating and the inherent risk of digital performance that we had until yesterday understood only theoretically, was brought…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

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.”…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 12 months ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

“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,…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Q&A with Andy Carluccio

Meet Andy Carluccio, the video engineer for Alice in the Pandemic. Andy is the president of Liminal Entertainment Technologies, a company focused on providing industry-leading services to enable virtual theater, performances, and creative projects. Read his bio. Q: What made you want to be a Video Engineer? Is…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Take a Tour Through Alice’s World

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: We’re excitedly (and frantically) developing Alice in the Pandemic. We started this project in May, and we have finished the music “workshop” and are moving forward on orchestra rehearsals, all in the new world of cyberspace! The tech team is forging ahead with creating the 3D…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Immigration: Dreaming of A Real Future

Dear Friends of White Snake Projects: Thank you for attending our forum, Immigration: Dreaming of A Real Future, and thank you to the panelists and tech team who contributed your time and hard work. We are grateful to our partner, the Immigration Initiative at Harvard for hosting…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Now for Some Good News

In these pandemic times where good news is scarce, we’re overjoyed to share with you some great news on the White Snake front!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Working Towards Justice and Equality for All

Today we honor and celebrate Juneteenth, as well a victory for Dreamers. We renew our pledge as an activist opera company to support and work for #BlackLivesMatter and towards a day when there is truly justice and equality for all.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

A Call to Action

It’s difficult to find words to describe how precious breath is. For the last two months, we’ve heard heart-wrenching testimony from health care professionals as they watched their patients struggle to breathe. “I’ll never take each breath for granted again,” Ashley Crumpler, Critical Care Nurse from Atlanta, said. Last week, we saw George Floyd struggle to breathe as a police officer charged with protecting us knelt on his neck and crushed the breath out of him. “I can’t breathe,” are words we cannot, and should not, forget.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

A Groundbreaking Hybrid

It was wonderful to be with you on May 13 at the world premiere of Sing Out Strong: DeColonized Voices. The authenticity of the lyrics combined with the power of music produced an evening of moving and meaningful songs performed with great artistry. For me, a crucial part of the evening was you, our audience. I have been longing to feel your fellowship again and to share moments of sublime beauty with you. Sing Out Strong fulfilled that longed for need.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Join Us For Sing Out Strong: DeColonized Voices

We hope that you are all well and safe. While all theaters and opera houses are dark, we're grateful that the performing arts are not “dark” as arts organizations turn to digital platforms to share music and opera.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 1 year ago

Sing Out Strong: DeColonized Voices Coming to a Screen Near You

We hope that you're all safe and well as we do our part with social distancing. At this point, it's impossible to tell when this great trial will be over. WSP has postponed our second SING OUT STRONG concert tour – Sing Out Strong: DeColonized Voices – from May to September, even as we're planning a virtual world premiere of the concert for May 13.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Music Lifts the Soul

Like most of you, I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster ride. Some days, I feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the suffering now and which is yet to come, yet other days, I feel that all will be well. Staying home can be claustrophobic, but it does not have to be so, as we are lucky to live in an age of connectivity. I’m honing my hitherto non-existent skills at Zooming, Facetiming, and Airdropping; as well as good old fashioned skills like writing, walking (weather permitting), and trying to keep connected to friends and family while practicing social distancing.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Next Stop, Pittsburgh!

I’m thrilled to share the news that last year’s timely immigrant story, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, will premiere at the Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh on October 23 and 25, 2020, as Resonance Works 2020-2021 season opener. I know that many of you were so moved…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Welcome Year of the Rat

It's the Year of the Rat, the symbol of intelligence, energy, and optimism. The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac, and not by accident. Legend has it that the Jade Emperor organized a race to determine the order of the zodiac. The quick-witted Rat hitched a ride on the back of the Ox. As the Ox neared the finish line, the little Rat leapt over its head to finish first!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Looking back at 2019 and envisioning 2020

It has been a remarkable year of growth for our company as we continue to forge our identity as an activist opera company. Thank you for joining us!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

November Updates

We had our music workshop of next year’s mainstage opera, Cosmic Cowboy, by Elena Ruehr with our principal artists and our partners, the Boston Children’s Chorus and New England Conservatory. Below are some pictures of White Snake Projects’ team hard at work to bring another new work to life.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Looking Back on I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

It's been a month since we closed I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, An Immigrant Story. And what a month it was.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

SOS Was a Success!

A BIG thank you to our audience for coming to Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices and to our artists for making music and telling stories from their hearts. I am so grateful to all of you who made our inaugural SOS successful.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Giving Immigrants a Voice

I was going to report on our first Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices concert at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center on August 1, 2019. But after this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio, I’d like to reflect on the importance of events like Sing Out Strong have on our communities which are besieged by hate-mongering, racism, and fear.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Meet the SOS Writers

Last month, you met the 10 composers of Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices. This month, please meet the immigrant writers they've been paired with.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

Introducing SOS: Immigrant Voices Composers

I'd like to introduce our Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices' composers. We selected ten composers from a large pool of applicants and paired them with ten immigrant writers to make immigrant songs. They represent the diversity that is Boston and we're proud to include them in the roster of our artists.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 2 years ago

From Hong Kong with Love

What an exciting March it has been: Leaping forward into longer days with Daylight Savings Time, welcoming spring with its green shoots of daffodils and tulips, and, the Hong Kong premiere of Madame White Snake on March 8 and 9!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

Workshops, White Snakes, and More!

What a joy to speak with you about a vibrant and dynamic collaborator In I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams—the Boston Children’s Chorus led by Choral Director, Jason Holmes! BCC hosted a three-day music workshop for Dreamer in November 2018 and showed us their musical chops!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

White Snake Projects: An Activist Opera Company

2018 has been a year of exploring, learning and building the vision of who we are, what we want to be and how to get there. We want to be an activist opera company--one that integrates social activism and original opera; partners with other activists to cross-promote important social issues and opera, and redefines how opera is made by involving young people from our community.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

“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…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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, bringing together disparate people from the worlds of opera, art, medicine, technology and those who have been touched by ALS.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

What is a Faceware Singer?

Please meet Nathan Rodriguez and Jennifer Caraluzzi, our intrepid Faceware singers. What, you may ask, is a Faceware singer?

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

Get to Know Conductor Daniela Candillari

Being somewhat of a video-game newbie myself and learning about all the different components of creation and execution of video games, I'm very intrigued and excited to work in an environment where two different mediums meet.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

Get to Know Maggie Finnegan

I’d like to introduce you to our new Sonny–Maggie Finnegan–who has graciously stepped in for Rachele Gilmore, who had to withdraw unexpectedly. Maggie was selected after a nationwide search for a coloratura and we’re so lucky to have her.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

“If I can do this, you can too.”

Summer! What a sweet and savory word combining the umami of the seasons. We who live in New England wait all year for this. As I write, we’re deep into the heart of summer, and I’m trying to steal a little time to savor the clear blue skies and green hills.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

PermaDeath’s Superhero

There's been a lot of excitement and hoopla, (all justifiably so), over the technical achievements of our team of faculty and students from RISD, Becker, and Lesley, in the creation of the cutting edge tech and animation of PermaDeath.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

“There are similarities between opera and video games.”

You watched our first preview video about the PermaDeath story, now learn about PermaDeath's technology!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 3 years ago

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

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.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Librettist Cerise Jacobs Plunges into Gaming World for Video Game Opera PermaDeath, Composed by Dan Visconti

Creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs—hailed by Opera magazine as “intrepid and artistically ambitious”—is quickly establishing a body of original operatic work that blends two of her great passions, myth and technology, in compelling and relevant contemporary stories. Her latest venture, premiering at Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater on September 27-29 of this year, is the video game opera PermaDeath, co-written with her son Pirate Epstein, founder of the video game company SqueePlay and a former New England Halo champion.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Following Success of REV. 23 Premiere in Boston, Librettist Cerise Jacobs Honored as “Mover and Shaper” by Musical America

reator and librettist Cerise Jacobs – whose Ouroboros Trilogy, produced in September of 2016, was “the most ambitious opera undertaking Boston has ever seen” (Berkshire Fine Arts) – premiered her new opera REV. 23, composed by Trinity Church Wall Street Music Director Julian Wachner, this past fall at Boston’s John Hancock Theater, as the centerpiece of the first Boston New Music Festival. Now Jacobs has been recognized as a “Mover and Shaper” by Musical America.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

A Note from Cerise

I can't believe we're embarking on the music workshop of Dan Visconti's PermaDeath at NEC!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Meet Joshua Major

How did you first get involved with Cerise Jacobs and her new operas? I had just started working at NEC...

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

We did it!

REV. 23 premiered to standing ovations from you, our audience! And what an audience you’ve been—engaged, supportive, receptive and thoughtful.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

REV. 23 on Open Studios with Jared Bowen

Watch Cerise Lim Jacobs discuss REV. 23 on Open Studios with Jared Bowen.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Be my guest to REV. 23

At a recent visit to the hairdresser, when I had my head upside down in the sink, the apprentice washing my hair said she'd seen me on TV last year.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Thoughts on Hurricane Irma

I’m sitting in a beautiful NE Fall day waiting for REV. 23 rehearsals to start. It’s hard to believe—almost surreal—that just south of us, Hurricane Irma has made landfall in Florida.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

“We shall take away the pencil!”

It’s getting harder and harder to separate art from politics.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Week One of Rehearsal

We’ve just finished the first week of REV. 23 rehearsals. After four years of working on this opera, it’s finally here—the mystery of creation, the compromise of collaboration and the slow almost plodding process of bringing a new work to fruition—it’s here! I’m exhausted and elated.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Director’s Note: Mark Streshinsky on REV. 23

I first met Cerise Jacobs after one of my productions with Boston Baroque. She hugged me and told me how funny the show was (yes, Baroque can be funny!). I told her I liked to do comedy and got really antsy when I couldn’t find anything in an opera for the audience to at least chuckle about…

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Animation with Catriona Baker

Catriona Baker, Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Animation at Lesley University, with her students, has created original animation for White Snake Project’s new opera, REV. 23. She, with two student teams, have developed both a thirty-second animation and two augmented reality animations.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Beyond Eschaton or End Times

REV. 23 or Revelation 23, is the hypothetical, fantastical hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation, if St. John the Divine had written a 23rd chapter.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Meet Micro Jackson

Micro Jackson got her moniker because she's microscopic (as a teacup chihuahua, she fits in a teacup), she's black, and has a white glove. She began exhibiting signs of being a diva very early on and got her first acting break at the MSPCA in Boston where she took over the staff and the facility with her dramatic exegesis of “Killing Me Softly,” rendered very loudly.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Where in the World is Charles Jacobs Now?

I dreamed up REV. 23 one day as I was thinking of where I would meet my husband Charles again since he passed from this world. It amused me that my incorrigible, irascible and impossible husband wouldn't be caught dead (pardon the pun) in Paradise (not that he'd be entirely welcome there) as some of the most interesting people seem to be consigned to that other place.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

My Next Opera Projects

Thank you for supporting “the most ambitious opera undertaking Boston has ever seen” (Berkshire Fine Arts)—the Ouroboros Trilogy—which premiered last year to great acclaim. I’m attaching a short trailer of the show for you to enjoy!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 4 years ago

Blood Rubies Was a Huge Success

Colleen Daly gave a stirring performance of Persophone's gorgeous aria, Blood Rubies, at the Boston New Music Festival Kickoff in early November.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 5 years ago

October piano vocal workshop performances at NEC

Can't wait for the October piano vocal workshop performances at NEC. We're hard at work rewriting the libretto based on discoveries made at the workshops led by the indomitable Josh Major. Our team is eating, carousing and writing, as it should be!

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 5 years ago

Zhulong

The “zhulong” or pig-dragon, a 6,000-year-old grave amulet made by the Hong Shan people in China, may be the precursor to the OUROBOROS.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 6 years ago

Peony Song from Naga

So we part as we met in this garden of red

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 6 years ago

Madame White Snake

Desperate for her love, I tried to snatch it by force but she drove me far away.

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by Cerise Lim Jacobs , 6 years ago

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