OPERAcraft engages K-12 students in the creation and performance of a fully produced virtual opera. Starting with music borrowed from classic operas and a specific number of characters, the students build a story and libretto; create the virtual set and character avatars using a custom version of the Minecraft video game; then control the avatars as performers within that virtual world, including body gestures and lip-syncing with real singing soloists. Initiated in fall 2013, the newest version will engage students under the direction of Department of Music faculty Ariana Wyatt, Ico Bukvic, and Tracy Cowden.
Presented in partnership with the School of Performing Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.