LUMA Projections Arts Festival & Tri-Cities Opera to Present ‘Miranda: A Steampunk VR Experience’

By Logan Martell

LUMA Projection Arts Festival and Tri-Cities Opera, with support from Opera Omaha, have announced a new work to be presented in virtual reality, titled “Miranda: A Steampunk VR Experience.”

The work will utilize VR devices such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and features, live motion capture, face tracking, and real-time mixed audio to bring its characters to life in an immersive environment. The opera is directed by Alison Moritz, who has adapted and reimagined Kamala Sankaram’s score for this new project; David Bloom will conduct, and Tony-nominated sound designer Cricket Myers will live mix the singers and orchestra.

The plot follows the murder trial of the titular heiress, where audience members will explore the recounted memories of those who were closest to her and considered suspects. The cast features soprano Leela Subramaniam, tenor Quinn Bernegger, baritone Trevor Martin, mezzo Tahanee Aluwihare, and tenor Timothy Stoddard.

“Miranda: A Steampunk VR Experience,” will run from September 24 – 26, 2020, with shows at 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 pm EST. Reservations are required for VR and interactive viewing options; while not required for watching the work via YouTube, reservations are encouraged and will include behind-the-scenes material before the show.