Lunch at the Consulate General of Monaco in New York

Yesterday, Tod was invited to lunch at the Consulate General of Monaco in New York as the guest of honor to speak to top members of the U.S. press about Death and the Powers. The event aimed to introduce the press to the Monaco premiere of the opera, as well as interest them in covering Powers when it comes back the States. Elle Berde of the Consulate wrote of the event:
“Tod Machover, MIT’s composer extraordinaire and the brains behind the new opera “Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera”, was guest of honor at lunch at the Consulate General of Monaco in New York today hosted by the Hon. Maguy Maccario Doyle. Set to premiere in Monte-Carlo on September 24, Machover – whom the LA Times calls, “America’s most wired composer”- presented details of his visionary, ground-breaking opera to some of New York’s most esteemed music, cultural and arts press. Generous support for “Death and the Powers” has been provided by the Monaco-based Futurum Association.”

Invitation to lunch at the Monaco Consulate in New York

(l-r) George Loomis (International Herald Tribune, Financial Times), Hon. Maguy Maccario (Consul General of Monaco), Tod Machover (composer, MIT Media Lab) and John Rockwell (The New York Times). (Photo credit: Elle Berdy)

Monaco gift bags, including goodies from Powers (Tod Machover)

Table set for press lunch at the Monaco Consulate (Tod Machover)

iPads on the table for Tod's presentation on Powers (Tod Machover)

Also shown on the iPads at the table was a series of  short series of clips featuring set pieces and robots that are well on their way to being ready for the September premiere, put together by yours truly:

Guests gathering for the press lunch at the Monaco Consulate (Tod Machover)

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