(CPR.org) The Next Stage Collaborative Gallery in downtown Denver is showcasing “Experience La Bohème,” a VR experience that immerses one in the dramatic art form of opera using virtual and augmented reality technology. The production is a partnership between Opera Colorado, University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts and Media and Boulder VR company Hypercube. “The big thing that we love about virtual reality is that it gives you the ability to go to places that aren’t practical or possible,” says Hypercube founder and technologist Mark Anton Read, who helped with the 360 camera work.
Fifty-six CU Denver students worked on the exhibition for two months. Michelle Bauer Carpenter, an associate professor who teaches digital design the university, guided these students through the process, along with her colleague associate professor Travis Vermilye. “Experience La Bohème” will run through May 2018 at the Next Stage Collaborative gallery located at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.