Podcast: Cerise Jacobs

September 18, 2018

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We're launching an Opus Affair podcast! Our first interview is with Cerise Jacobs, the creator and librettist of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Madame White Snake and the founder of White Snake Projects.

I've wanted to do a podcast for a while, but the timing was never right before. We get to meet so many interesting people through our events and our work with arts organizations in Boston—and we're always interested in having more ways to share their stories. This blog is a big part of our efforts to tell more stories...and the podcast will build on that.

The other voice you'll hear in this podcast is Chris Voss. You might recognize him as a producer and host on 99.5 WCRB from 2-7pm on weekdays (and as a regular at our monthly events). He's our editor and producer for this pod.

To get things started with a bang, we're focusing the first five episodes on a series of visionaries: people who are shaping their corner of the arts and culture landscape.

Thanks to White Snake Projects for supporting this series.

And if there are other people you think we should be interviewing—either on this podcast or on the blog. Send us an email to hello@opusaffair.com to let us know.

Note: the clip of REV. 23 features soprano Colleen Daly singing the role of Persephone.


Cerise Jacobs

Cerise Lim Jacobs is a lifelong student of living creatively as a means of achieving success across many disciplines. She creates original opera from stores born from her sojourns through the world, myths burned into her heart, and daily events that touch her. Born in colonial Singapore into a traditional Chinese family, she grew up absorbing the many disparate influences of Singapore's multicultural environment. Her first opera, Madame White Snake, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She is the founder of White Snake Projects, with seven operas scheduled to premiere over the next five years.


White Snake Projects

White Snake Projects creates original opera of the highest production values combined with social activism.

  • We tell original stories with contemporary relevance
  • We collaborate with American composers adept at telling these stories
  • We promote inclusion and representation
  • We engage our community on social issues that emerge organically from the stories we tell
  • We provide access by donating one-third of all seats to underserved communities

Learn more about Cerise and White Snake Projects at whitesnakeprojects.org.