Meet the Artists – Jim Maddalena (Simon Powers)

The role of Simon Powers is performed by the renowned baritone, James Maddalena.  Simon is described as "a billionaire entrepreneur obsessed with his death.  Mid-sixties.  Mad, eccentric, charismatic, virile, successful.  Has a devilish side to him, mischievous." Maddalena appears on stage in the first scene, at the end of which he vanishes into The System …

Meet the Team – Elly Jessop, Interaction Designer

For Death and the Powers, I have primarily been working on the interactive systems, including the wearable sensors and vocal analysis system that we use to transform Jim Maddalena's live performance into the performance of the entire theatrical set. It's a terrific theatrical challenge: what do you do when your main performer is not actually …

Meet the Artists – Patricia Risley (Evvy)

Opera News hails Patricia Risley for “her voice…luscious and agile, her characterization both boisterous and tender” as well as her beautiful “singing with ease and certainty.” Frequently sought after on national and international stages, Patricia Risley’s 2010-11 season includes her debut with New York City Opera as Dinah in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place. She also …

Meet the Artists: Robert Pinsky, poet and librettist

This Poetry Foundation profile of Robert Pinsky captures the qualities that attracted Tod Machover to approach Robert about collaborating on an opera. Robert Pinsky is one of America’s foremost poet-critics. Often called the last of the “civic” or public poets, Pinsky’s criticism and verse reflect his concern for a contemporary poetic diction that nonetheless speaks …