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Watch This Opera Set in Minecraft

12.05.13 Marina Galperina

Virginia Tech has just staged the operatic works of Mozart within the indie sandbox video game Minecraft. Watch “OPERAcraft” above (it starts at 24:00) to see the live performance voiced by a group of Virginia Tech music majors from a four-story stage construction while a cast of Minecraft characters controlled by highschool students are projected onto 42-foot-by-26-foot screen.

The torches and stairs normally found in-world are fitting representations of a classic opera set. The lip-synced mouth action was developed with Pd-L2Ork and a custom Minecraft mod. All the others movements — desperate climbing of stairs, slowly hanging heads, etc — are quite intricate and expressive, considering they’re WALKING POLYGONS made out of GIANT PIXELS.