Cook wrote that he’s impressed by the results. ‘It’s quite amazing. (It) has a wonderful anime/comic-book vibe to it…It’s pretty cool. The other singers are amazing. The chorus parts are epic. Quite an accomplishment…’ ” Palm Beach Arts Paper

“One of my favorite things about this story is its odd apocalyptic tone and strong sci-fi/fantasy foundation. The dark quality that comes with it is the cherry on top.” –

It was a heroic effort, and the level of singing in the animated opera was very high...It sounds like a graphic novel, and it looks like one, especially with its cartoon balloons taking the place of supertitles. As a story, it is very much in line with the good-vs.-evil sci-fi tradition, with the added bonus of a plucky female heroine…There are a good many percussion effects in the opera, and its tone is primarily quite dark and sinister, very much along the lines of a contemporary video game score.” Palm Beach Arts Paper Music Critic Greg Stepanich.

Composer Sabrina Pena Young


Getting “In Motion” at TEDx Buffalo 2014

by Melissa Kania at Melissa’s Musings

“The final talk of the opening session was Sabrina Pena-Young with her talk entitled “Singing Geneticists and EPIC Virtual Machinima Opera in Cyberspace.” Wow! I had absolutely no idea what to expect heading into this one, and it was absolutely so different than what I had expected.

Pena-Young spoke about a virtual machinima opera she created, using contributions from people all around the world. Participants sent in sound bytes, funding and ideas and it became this huge project composed of all these pieces from worldwide. The finished product is now available online for free.

But what I took away from her talk wasn’t anything specific necessarily about animation, design, or even opera. It was about individual ideas and how the power of a community – whether a block club, neighborhood groups or a worldwide virtual environment – can come together to create this incredible product at the end. If we work together, anything is possible.”

Sabrina Pena Young presents Libertaria: The Virtual Opera at TEDxBuffalo 2014


Opera for a New Generation Faculty Matters Summer 2014 Edition

Moviestorm Case Study: Libertaria

I Care if you Listen: 5 Question to Sabrina Pena Young

Moviestorm Blog: The Story Behind the Opera

Opera Premier in Lake Worth

Open Your Ears to Modern Electronic Opera

Palm Beach Arts Paper Opera Review

Percussive Notes -Libertaria: Sabrina Peña Young’s Virtual Opera and Twenty-First Century Collaboration


Sabrina Pena Young speaks about Libertaria: The Virtual Opera at TEDxBuffalo 2014.

Introducing Speakers for TEDxBuffalo 2014

TEDxBuffalo Announces Speakers for 2014 Event

Faculty Matters Magazine Article on Sabrina Peña Young (upcoming summer 2014 edition)

FanBoy Anonymous

Virtual Opera Production: The Making of Libertaria Part 1 in the IAWM Music Journal

Virtual Opera Production: The Making of Libertaria Part 2 in the IAWM Music Journal (Fall 2013)

Virtual Opera Production: The Making of Libertaria Part 3 in the IAWM Music Journal (Spring 2014)

The Compositional Collective: Crowdsourcing and Collaboration in the Digital Age New Music Box

Article on Libertaria Sigma Alpha Iota Panpipes (2011)


Singing Geneticists and EPIC Virtual Machinima Opera At TEDxBuffalo 2014

Virtual Opera Production 101 Presented at the Hartford Women Composer’s Festival

Presentations at Buffalo State University on Virtual Opera Production

Crowdsourcing, Digital Music, and Opera at the Oklahoma Composer’s Association Future of Music Symposium



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                                      Sabrina Pena Young

Eccentric Composer Produces Animated Opera via Internet

Experimental composer Sabrina Peña Young wanted to create an opera - 
without leaving her apartment! So she rounded up an international
cast and crew using crowdsourcing, Music Xray, and social networks
to create a cutting edge, and slightly psychotic, animated opera.

"I wanted to compose an opera that didn't require a concert hall, 
a cutting edge opera that reaches out to the digital generation. 
And to be honest, I love creating a crazy sci-fi opera about a 
renegade girl who blows up evil reverse-aging geneticists. I'm a 
nerd at heart."

After two years in production, Libertaria: The Virtual Opera will
wrap up summer of 2013. The dedicated opera cast has never met in 
person for rehearsals and contacts Young entirely through e-mail
and Skype. The small animation team uses machinima, an animation
style popularized by gamer fan videos and shares files through 
shared servers. 

Libertaria: The Virtual Opera will premier online and in
festivals simultaneously in the United States and abroad in
October 2013, with a world premier in South Florida hosted by 
composer Dr. Clare Shore. 

Sabrina Peña Young, a music tech expert and obsessive sci-fi fan,
hopes that Libertaria: The Virtual Opera exposes younger 
generations to the exciting world of opera.

"Before YouTube and Twitter, opera was the creative outlet for 
protest and social change. Opera is hip. Opera is now."

For more information about Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, please 
visit or contact the composer



Libertaria: The Virtual Opera

Sci Fi Modern Opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera, Animated Movie Poste

EMBLEM FROM THE GENETICS FACTORY (2011) Artist: Sabrina Peña Young




Composer Sabrina Peña Young



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