Royal Opera (Virtual) House

December 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm (art, computers, internet, music) (, , )

When you read about virtual worlds like Second Life or World of Warcraft, you tend to think of the stereotypical geek in front of the computer.  You don’t usually associate them with the likes of the Royal Opera House, London.

However, in November 2009, as part of their ‘Firsts 2009‘ series, they staged a mixed reality performance consisting of musicians on-stage at the Royal Opera House, and other performers as ‘avatars’ within the virtual world of Second Life.  Looks like it was an interesting experiment. The work was entitled ‘The Second Death of Caspar Helendale‘, and looks to be the brain-child of the composer and artist Jessica Curry, a classically trained composer working with digital art, virtual worlds and composition.

Shame I missed it – I would have liked to have seen that.




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