Libertaria: The Animated Opera
Feature length sci-fi opera animation project from international composer S. Pena Young. Awesome music rewards!
A surreal animated musical work by Sabrina Peña Young
Libertaria: The Virtual Opera combines experimental electronic music with popular rhythms, creating a fusion of the avant-garde and the familiar. With characters straight out of a futuristic graphic novel, Libertaria reaches out to the mind, borrowing familiar science fiction elements and combining them with stunning music and a moving libretto, complete with synthesized voices, computer generated characters, and a surreal landscape.
MAKING A VIRTUAL OPERA
How am I going to create this amazingly large electronic work?
With your help!
My home studio includes Logic, Final Cut, Poser, Photoshop, Bryce, and a half a dozen other random programs that I combine together to create these crazy video works, like my latest multimedia work: Creation.
Yeah, it's crazy, but I love it! My first computer animated opera!
It's the year 2125, and United States, decimated by nuclear war in the last half of the 21st century has splintered off into territorial factions. The sky has grown red, the water runs black, and hope rests on the shoulders of a young teen.
Meet Libertaria, of unknown origin and unknown place. Left as an infant in an abandoned NYC souvenir shop in the year 2125 and found by a mysterious homeless man, she spent her early years bouncing around the system, until at the age of 14 she escapes. Now she is on a quest to find the woman who set her free.
But the world had not heard the last of the spunky chic with the bad attitude. And before it's all over, she will lead a children's rebellion against the greasy politicos running the nation into the ground.
About the Cast
I am auditioning lead cast members online until April and incorporating talented friends for minor speaking roles. Singers and actors interested in volunteering their talents to Libertaria send me an audition recording online. Selected individuals record their parts and e-mail me all of their takes, which I mix together with the electronic score in Logic and sync to the animated characters.
CAST (Auditions are open until August 2011)
Check out updates for new cast members!
Libertaria: Mezzo Soprano Christina Sidaras
Christina Sidaras, vocalist and pianist, has performed throughout the United States in every musical genre for over two decades. Currently a vocal coach and piano educator in the Dayton, Ohio, area, Christina Sidaras continues to spread the love of music through her private Music4Life Studios.
Simeon: Baritone Allan Smith http://www.allan-smith.com/index.html
Allan Smith is one of the "rising stars of British baritones". He studied at the University of Wales and the University of Cambridge, under Eric Roberts. Smith enjoys contemporary musical works with a twist, participating in avant-garde works like "Voices from Five Films" at London's Institute of Contemporary Art and the INDEEPANDANCE project, an innovative 13 film screen opera that combines dance and visual imagery. Other contemporary opera projects from the talented Allan Smith include "Sweetness and Badness" by Will Todd and "The Word of Passion".
Chorus/The Collective: Gretchen Suarez-Peña
Gretchen Suárez-Peña is a budding playwright whose past theatrical credits include four shows done under her non-profit organization the Narroway Project (2003-2007), including “When the Bell Rings” where she was the writer and director. Past acting credits include: “Faith County”, “A Dog’s Life”, “Honk!”, “West Side Story”, “Grease”, “You’re a good Man Charlie Brown”, “Seussical, “The Boyfriend”, “Quilters”, and “Song of Survival.” She also enjoys the technical aspects of theatre.
Spring 2011: Preproduction, online auditions, libretto, main music cues Completion of libretto and songs. Auditions continue through online submissions. Selection of main cast continued. Sketching and storyboarding of entire film. Timing and cues sketched out. Concept art drawings finalized. Completion of opening credits.
Summer 2011: End auditions, recording by leads, animation production Completion of auditions for all main cast members. Lead cast members record their audio and send via internet. Animation production begins.
Fall 2011: Mixing of electronic score with live audio from all cast members Mixing of recorded voices with electronic score for Libertaria: The Virtual opera in Logic. Additional voices added through vocal synthesis and virtual choir software. Three months dedicated to the perfecting of the score. Animation production continues. Completion of scenes with instrumental score only.
Spring 2012: Final compositing and syncing of animation with electronic score Completion of animation scenes with opera vocals. Compositing in Final Cut of entire opera and credits.
Summer 2012: Premier performance (Music Festival TBA) A number of festivals and art spaces have expressed interest in hosting the premier performance of Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. Further details on premier location(s) updated regularly.
Upon completion of the Kickstarter goals, I will send out all digital rewards (like the ringtones, digital copies of "Origins", and digital copies of "Creation"). Once Libertaria: The Virtual Opera is completed, advanced copies of the DVDs will be sent out. Please continue to check the updates for the latest on Libertaria, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Cinematic soundscapes, pulsating rhythms, and enigmatic vocals envelop the listener in entangling science fiction textures and robotic mayhem. Be prepared for an otherworldly sound experience.
Light from Creation Electronic
Breathtaking sonic soundscape. Heavenly bodies collide with the forming of the Light.
All mixing and animation studio work will be completed by me in my home studio. I am writing the music, mixing in the vocal recordings, adding the vocal synthesis, syncing audio with the visuals, and compositing the final animated feature. I am doing all of this in my spare time, with no pay. The performers for the opera are not local. I am working with vocalists and actors internationally. Studio expenses include printing and shipping of full scores, purchase of media and minor hardware to complete recordings (ex. cables, mics). It also cover the shipping costs for any media (national and international) and use of recording facilities at the different locations if one is not available. 100% of the budget is going to the software and studio tech I need to complete this project at the highest artistic levels in my project studio.
Thank you so much for your support! Enjoy your rewards!
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