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 Artists: Hal Cazalet (Nicholas)

Tenor Hal Cazalet will be performing in the role of Nicholas, Simon Powers' adopted son and protégé. Horribly injured as a child, Nicholas is rescued by Simon and rehabilitated as a half-human, half-machine. Nicholas builds The System. The role is demanding not only vocally but also in requiring an actor who can convey the cyborg …

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 …