Honoria in Ciberspazio

March 9, 1997: Come to Me at SXSW

Guerilla live performance & Webcast from the tradeshow of the 1997 South by Southwest Multimedia Conference.

  • Janet Davidson as honoria
  • Bryan Green as her digital clone
  • Adrienne Meza singing the magical shift
  • Ben Oehlschlager as Bookish
  • Matt Groves as .rez

Music composed by George Oldziey
Lyrics by Scotto and by Judy
Sponsored by Industrial Strength Network

Thanks to Nigel Who? Fashion and Art, Texas.Net, Shell Oil, Austin Digital Media

A video of the specifically-designed live performance was transmitted on the net. It was received by a worldwide audience using CU-SeeMe and Apple Quicktime TV Software. The webcast was made possible by Industrial Strength Network and by the University
of Texas at Austin.

The event’s press release:

Guerilla Opera Smuggles Aria into SXSW Multimedia Tradeshow

AUSTIN – The technologically-inclined and passionate folks from the cyberopera _honoria in ciberspazio_ will be returning to the airwaves or netwaves from the showroom floor of the South by Southwest Multimedia Conference to be held in Austin, Texas this weekend. "We’ll have singers and dancers while everyone else has CD-ROM players and disk drives. We’re going to smuggle high culture into multimedia!" exclaims Impresaria Madelyn Starbuck also known as honoria.

The performance will feature soprano Janet Davidson, choreographer/dancer Bryan Green, music from the original score by George Oldziey, and libretto received electronically from virtual collaborators known only as "Scotto"and "Judy." The virtual curtain goes up at 3pm (Central) March 9th in front of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLAB) booth. The live performance will be simulcast internationally on the Internet via CU-SeeMe and Apple Quick Time Conferencing. Internet reception of the performance is free to the public. Information about the Internet reception of the webcast and the necessary free software will be available on their website at http://www.cyberopera.org/.