Interview with James Maddalena (Simon Powers)

Baritone James Maddalena chats about his role as Simon Powers in the new opera Death and the Powers. He describes the character of Powers. At the end of Scene Two, “he goes completely digital. He leaves his body behind and goes into the system.” Maddalena vanishes from the set and sings from an off-stage location while the set “becomes him” via “disembodied performance” technology developed at the M.I.T. Media Laboratory. Maddalena will be performing at the U.S. premiere in Boston this March and in Chicago in April.

Filmed in the summer of 2010 during the shoot of the Memory download sequence.

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