Opera FX

One moment it’s the Egyptian desert. Another it’s somewhere deep in space, and another an ink drop unfurling in water. Then, the illusion of environments shrinks away completely, framing two people lost within their own emotions.

This isn’t a movie. This is the opera.


It’s New York City Opera’s take on Moses in Egypt. And rather than staging a few performers in front of a static painted set, director Michael Counts, alongside Beehive, has reimagined the opera stage as an interactive, LED wonderland that can morph from interior to exterior to surreal landscape within a split-second CGI animation