Opera Hack: Proposal Winners
San Diego Opera’s month-long hack-a-thon event for music/theater and technology experts took place online from June 4 through July 2, 2021, and attracted participants from around the world.
Our proposal for the cueing system "MusiCue" was part of the three winning proposals.
The 26 proposals submitted comprised multidisciplinary participant teams who were mentored by an Advisory Panel whose members were Jennifer Dautermann, founding director of Classical:NEXT; Sarah Ellis, Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Ryan Hunt, Lead Software Engineer with the Walt Disney Company; Steve Lukas, Director of Product Management, XR Ecosystem at Qualcomm; and Vita Tzykun, award-winning set and costume designer of opera, theatre, and film, founding member of the GLMMR art collective, and Executive Creative Director at SENSEOS.
Camilla Tassi and John Horzen’s “MusiCue” proposal put forth an automated cue management system for stage managers and designers. MusiCue sends updates to the stage manager as cues are created, edited, shifted, and deleted. After the cues reach the stage manager, they can customize, annotate, and edit the information. “Master Cues” are sent back to the designers’ displays, which can be customized to only show what is most helpful to the tech process.