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The world of Opera is fading away, and the residents of Lirica have started forgetting their songs! To help restore Lirica to its former glory, a flutest named Renatta must join with new musical friends as they explore the world, solve puzzles, and bring back the spirit of music.

Lirica was created as a thesis project by MFA graduate Natalize Spitzel (2020), who recruited the help of an undergraduate team to bring her game idea to life. Spitzel’s inspiration for the project stemmed from her own love of music and former experience as an aspiring opera singer.

Game Screenshots

  • A woman stands on a giant gold-hued lilypad in the middle of a pond.
  • A woman stands at the edge of a wooded pond with golden sunlight shining down.
  • A woman jumps onto a small rock island in the middle of a wooded pond.
  • A woman plays the flute in a forest grove with a handful of small creatures in attendance.
  • A woman stands in a forest grove surrounded by small colorful creatures.

Created by Opera Haus

  • Natalie Spitzel

    MFA in Digital Arts

    Role: Creative Director

  • Benjamin Lantrip

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Producer

  • Pat Yimtae

    BA in Game Design

    Role: Design Lead

  • Sena Sprague

    BA in Game Design

    Role: Narrative Designer

  • Cole Astaire

    BS in Computer Science and Game Design

    Role: Research designer

  • Samuel McCann

    BS in Engineering and Sound Design

    Role: Programming Lead

  • Ian Gaither

    BS in Computer Science

    Role: Programming Lead

  • Teerapat Udomsinwatana

    BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation

    Role: Gameplay Programmer

  • Selena Eng

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Art Lead

  • Jack Rowe

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist

  • Nicole Davis

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist

  • Jesus Barrera-Garcia

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Character Art Lead

  • Ryan Chan

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Animation Lead

  • Rowan Postyeni

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Animator

  • Samuel Bueno

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Technical Artist

  • Clark Biard

    Bachelor of Arts in Music and Sound Design

    Role: Sound Design Lead

  • Dakota Curry

    MFA in Digital Arts

    Role: Volunteer Artist

  • Jessica Keddy

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist

  • Wayde Scott

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Volunteer Character Artist

  • Heng-Li CHNG

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Volunteer Technical Artist


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