Mundus Novus is a live action public access television opera utilizing motion tracking, video score, spatialization, a laptop ensemble, acoustic and electric instruments, a lengthy libretto, and a healthy dose of dream logic. The work was conceived during an Dresher Ensemble artist residency in February 2015. An early draft was broadcast live on Berkeley Public Access TV.
The first episode premiered at the 2015 Switchboard Music Festival in San Francisco, CA.
The opera occurs within a nightmare being had by Amerigo Vespucci, famed Portuguese mapmaker and namesake of the North and South American continents. The title is taken from a tract written by Vespucci, consisting of letters to his patrons, the Medici family of Florence.