“A big work with big ideas” – Opera News review

Risley, Orth and Harvey in Death and the Powers in Dallas

Risley, Orth and Harvey in Death and the Powers in Dallas

A pleasant surprise arrived in the mail this week: Opera News in its May 2014 issue gives the Dallas Opera’s production of Tod Machover’s “Death and the Powers” a glowing review. Writer Andrew Sigler praises the opera as “a big work with big ideas,” and notes that “Machover brings to bear his considerable technical prowess in the world of technology, as well as his deep sense of musical history,” to explore the premise of human consciousness merging with computer hardware.

Sigler writes that Robert Orth, in the role of Simon Powers, “embodied the character perfectly,” and praises Patricia Risley’s for giving a “smoky and sensual” performance and “real depth” to Evvy, Simon’s third and favorite wife. In the thrilling final scene, “Machover shows his operatic chops and Joélle Harvey’s Miranda all but steals the show.”

Read the full review here.

PBS Newshour on Opera of the Future

PBS Newshour featured the Opera of the Future group tonight. If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it here: Singing robots reflect tech’s humanity in opera of the future

Dallas rehearsal photos!

Opening night this Wednesday!! The whole crew is in high gear at the Winspear Opera House.  Here’s the evidence:

 

Dallas Arts+Culture on “Death and the Powers”

Excellent article on DEATH AND THE POWERS just out in the February issue of Arts+Culture Texas, one of the most prominent magazines in the state. We hear that rehearsals are going well for the show…which opens a week from today!!!

Read the full article: New Opera for a New Millennium

Joelle Harvey in Death and the Powers. Photo by Jonathan Williams.

Joelle Harvey in Death and the Powers. Photo by Jonathan Williams.

Death and the Powers Global Simulcast – Ticket links here

Dallas-death-and-the-powersbigThe Dallas Opera presents a new production of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, February 12-16. This visually spectacular robot pageant by the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group tells the story of Simon Powers, a powerful businessman and inventor nearing the end of his life, who downloads his consciousness into “The System” in an effort to project himself into the future. His family, friends, and associates must decide what this means, whether or not he is actually alive, how it affects them, and whether to follow.

The matinee performance on February 16 at 2:00 pm U.S. EST will be simulcast to ten locations across the United States and Europe, including New York, San Francisco, London, and at our home base, the MIT Media Lab. In addition to viewing the live, hi-def broadcast of the production, the Powers Live mobile application, developed in the Opera of the Future group, will allow you to virtually experience the performance. Live video, audio, and graphical content will be triggered in the app in sync with the performance, and your interaction will, in turn, influence the live show in Dallas. Powers Live is available for download starting February 1 for iOS 6/7 and Android 4.0+ devices.

Simulcast venues for February 16, 2:00 pm EST:

*By invitation only; please email powers@media.mit.edu to be placed on a wait list to attend.

Gearing up for Dallas

From Tod Machover’s Facebook:

Rehearsals for DEATH AND THE POWERS started in Dallas on Monday. Things are going well enough – very very well – that I was able to sneak back to Boston yesterday to put finishing touches on my Symphony for Perth. Crazy to have these two massive productions happening less than two weeks from each other (and half-way around the world, but as my mom says, “it certainly isn’t boring!”

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“Death and the Powers” Global Simulcast details revealed

From Press Release:

The Dallas Opera launches an unparalleled new initiative combining opera and technology with the first-ever global interactive simulcast of an opera. Death and the Powers, written by acclaimed American composer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab, Tod Machover, receives its Dallas Opera premiere performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on February 12, 14, 15 and 16. On Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 pm Central Time, the opera will be simulcast to ten locations in the U.S. and abroad… Continue reading