Virtual Environments and Opera: What’s the Connection? | Geheimnisvolle Musik

Posted: October 15, 2013 in opera
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Time 100 2006 gala, George Lucas.

Time 100 2006 gala, George Lucas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The connections between contemporary art and opera of the past is striking. As Palm Beach Arts writer Greg Stepanich mentioned when discussing Libertaria, “So what’s the aspiring Wagner of today to do? One answer, as Sabrina Peña Young will tell you, is to choose the early 21st-century default option and go online — to be Wagner 2.0, if you like.”

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An interesting article I came across this morning, comparing video games with opera and Wagner, the writer even invokes George Lucas, which $9 billion dollar sell-out to Disney aside, really did expand storytelling in the 20th century with his epic Star Wars saga. As I have mentioned before, today’s films are not far removed from the opera of yesterday.

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“A century after Wagner launched Bayreuth with his multi-part mythical epic Der Ring des Nibelungen of which Die Walküre is a part, George Lucas brought home the connections between cinema and the “total artwork” with one of his own. Right down to a Wagner-influenced soundtrack by John Williams.In some ways, video games are yet another extension of the aesthetic ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk. The differenc

e, of course, is that their audiences actively participate in guiding the action… at least insofar as designers allow them to do so. When George Lucas made the first Star Wars film, the video game experience was limited to things like Pong. Now, video games have become substantially more immersive, making them more and more similar to the theatrical ideas promulgated by Wagner.”

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  1. […] Virtual Environments and Opera: What’s the Connection? | Geheimnisvolle Musik […]

  2. Jason Neal says:

    Thanks for the mention, especially as part of the broader point about the connections between opera and present day technologies, and how they’re probably a lot less surprising than one might think. More or less related, there’s an opera from a few years ago that’s having its initial performance at the Met, with online chat as the focus:
    http://www.metoperafamily.org/opera/twoboys-muhly-tickets.aspx

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