Kamala Sankaram
VR, AR, XR Musical Compositions Composer

Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more (LA Times), Kamala Sankaram works at the cutting edge of " pera. Her recent genre-defying hit Looking at You (with collaborators Rob Handel and Kristin Marting) featured live data-mining of the audience and a chorus of 25 singing tablet computers. Sankaram, Handel, and Marting also created all decicions will be made by consensus, a short absurdist opera performed live over Zoom and featured on NBC and the BBC3. With librettist Jerre Dye, and Opera on Tap, she created The Parksville Murders, the world’s first virtual reality opera (available on Samsung VR, shown at the Kennedy Center Reach Festival, “Best Virtual Reality Video” NY Independent Film Festival, Future of Storytelling, Salem Horror Festival and the Topanga Film Festival.) Recent commissions include the Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the PROTOTYPE Festival, and Shakespeare Theatre Company, among others. Awards, grants and residencies include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, HERE Artist Residency Program, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center.


May 29

02:30 PM - 03:10 PM

Livestream 1

Exploring XR and the Performing Arts

Jerre Dye | Theatrical writer and Librettist

Kamala Sankaram | Composer

Camille Donegan | Virtual Reality Ireland

Shahrohk Yadegari | UC San Diego Sonic Arts Research and Development

Victoria Robertson | OperaMap

Anne Hiatt | Opera on Tap