A Keen Sense of Hearing

Posted by Vancouver Opera On 5:11 PM


Now that is some supersonic hearing!

VO's Ticket Centre Manager, Tracey Flattes, was able to spot John Adams' The People are the Heroes in, of all places, the Civilization IV computer game.

The 2005 strategy computer game begins in 4000 BC and has its players build empires, conquer other civilizations, forward their society through scientific and cultural progress, to finally landing a ship in a future star system in the year 2050 AD. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?

As the game takes place over 6000 years, music included in the soundtrack include medieval, renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, minimalist, world and folk music. Some of the game's music are original scores, while others are variants of famous pieces. Featured composers include Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mozart and American minimalist composer John Adams!

Not only can you hear The People Are The Heroes Now as the background music in the Modern Age part of the game, you can also hear John Adams' Harmonielehre, Shaker Loops, The Chairman Dances, Two Fanfares and Violin Concerto.


Gamers and opera. Who would've thought that this is yet another coupling that goes together well!

Thanks Tracey for the find!

~ Ling Chan, Social Media Manager

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