Cerise Jacobs

Cerise Jacobs

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Opera
TEDxBeaconStreet 2013


One day, I woke up inspired:  I would write a new American opera based on the most beloved myth in China – the 1,000 year old Legend of the White Snake – as a birthday gift to my husband, Charles.  What did I know about making new opera?  Nothing (I was a lawyer, after all.)  But Charles and I believe that individuals can create beauty in our world and this belief propelled us through the perils of creating, commissioning, financing, producing and all the millions of arduous, tortuous steps to bring a work of art from conception to fruition.  Charles lived to see the world premiere of Madame White Snake.  He died before his gift won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. He is applauding!


Cerise Lim Jacobs is a lifelong student of living creatively and imaginatively to achieve success across disciplines.  She was born in colonial Singapore. At eighteen, she eloped and sojourned through  the world until she settled in Massachusetts.  She was a trial partner at one of NE’s largest law firms and conceived of and wrote the libretti for OUROBOROS Trilogy, three operas based on the 1,000 year old Legend of the White Snake.  The first opera, Madame White Snake, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.  She recently cofounded SqueePlay, a Facebook video game company, with her son, Pirate Epstein. Their first game, SqueeDogs, has just launched.