ABOUT

San Diego Opera (SDO)’s first OPERA HACK was held in 2018 with support from an OPERA America Innovation Grant, bringing together a diverse group of experts from theater and technology to brainstorm and develop new ideas to enhance the building blocks of opera. Forty multidisciplinary artists, designers, and engineers came together in San Diego, CA in July, 2019 and a total of $40,000 was awarded to three winning teams to support the research and development of their ideas. For the results of the first OPERA HACK, visit the Results page.

We are honored to receive another Innovation Grant, which allows us to apply learning from the first OPERA HACK to further identify and address some of our industry's most important problems with new technologies. 

In OPERA HACK 2.0, we will:
1) Conduct an industry-wide survey to identify challenges currently facing our industry.
2) Hold an online, international hackathon to discover technological solutions for the identified challenges.
3) Award $15,000 in total to up to (3) three innovative proposals for solutions to these challenges.
4) Provide an online platform to host all proposals (with permission) so that companies may contact the creators for further development.

The results of this survey will be used to identify challenges that our hackathon participants will be given for our month-long event (June 4 - July 2, 2021). The survey will close on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

OPERA HACK is made possible by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. 

COLLABORATE

To be a platform that embraces diversity and solves problems by combining expertise 

from all backgrounds of theater and technology.

INNOVATE

To discover new methods for technology to be used in the production and  presentation of music theater.

EVOLVE

To promote new ways to make all forms of theater more exciting, affordable, and environmentally sustainable.

OUR MISSION

MOLLY BRAVERMAN

Advisor

Director, Broadway Green Alliance

New York City, New York

JENNIFER

DAUTERMANN

Advisor

Founding Director, Classical: NEXT

Berlin, Germany

SARAH ELLIS

Advisor

Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company

London, England

CHARLES MURDOCK LUCAS

Advisor

Scenic and Media Designer,

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

RYAN HUNT

Advisor

Lead Software Engineer,

The Walt Disney Company

San Diego, California

ROCKY JONES

Advisor

Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Minnesota Opera

St. Paul, Minnesota

STEVE LUKAS

Advisor

Head of Developer Relations Engineering, Magic Leap

San Diego, California

ANNE E. MCMILLS

Advisor

Head of Lighting Design,

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

DAVID ADAM

MOORE

Advisor

Baritone, Media Designer, GLMMR
New York City, New York

ISAAC MUÑOZ

Advisor

Audio Engineer, Qualcomm

San Diego, California

ZACHARY SHARPELL

Advisor

Mechanical Engineer, Qualcomm

San Diego, California

VITA TZYKUN

Advisor

Production Designer, GLMMR
New York City, New York

DR. CHRIS WARREN

Advisor

Assistant Professor of Digital Composition and Sound Design,

San Diego State University

San Diego, California

MATT WITKAMP

Advisor

UX and UI Design

Founding CEO, Kampfire Studios LLC

San Diego, California

DEBI WONG

Advisor

Founding Artistic Director, re:Naissance Opera
Vancouver, British Columbia

SHEIVA KHALILY

Advisor

Associate Producer, Lux Machina

Los Angeles, California

ANGEL MANNION

Program Director, Opera Hack

DAVID BENNETT

General Director, San Diego Opera

© 2021 OPERA HACK

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