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
Perth symphony in The Limelight
Tod Machover explains the ideas behind his series of collaborative "city symphonies" in this article he penned for the classical music publication The Limelight: I have embarked on a series of “city symphonies” with the idea of creating musical portraits of places, inviting the collaboration of the people who live there. Toronto (Toronto Symphony Orchestra) …
Death and the Powers Global Simulcast – Ticket links here
The 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 …
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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 …
The Dallas Simulcast and the future of opera
Very interesting interview in Theater Jones with Keith Cerny, the innovative General Director and CEO of The Dallas Opera, about bringing DEATH AND THE POWERS there next month, including the interactive simulcast that will reach 10 other cities. In the interview, Cerny discusses the challenge new operas face in reaching broad audiences. He describes how …
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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 …
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Vocal Vibrations, coming soon to Paris
First announcement of Opera of the Future's new VOCAL VIBRATIONS installation, opening at Le Laboratoire in Paris on March 27, 2014 and coming to Cambridge (Mass.) in fall 2014. Get a glimpse at the Le Laboratoire website; more info soon!
“Toy Symphony” gets a shout-out
What fun! WQXR (105.9FM in New York City) ran a piece on its blog today on "Top Five Musical Pieces for Toys" that includes Tod Machover's "Toy Symphony". The full hour-long program on John Schaefer's New Sounds can be heard here. Not to be confused with the previous work of the same name, Tod Machover’s Toy …
Tod Machover just celebrated a milestone birthday, and friends and former students submitted some inventive musical tributes. Here are the "Brain Opera Rap" by Eric Metois, an untitled piece by Robert Rowe, and "SoftHyperBrainPowers" by Joe Paradiso. Enjoy!
Beautiful photo blog on Opera of the Future
Katherine Taylor, superb Boston-based photographer for The New York Times and others, just posted this excellent blog of photos she took a few months ago of Tod Machover's group at the MIT Media Lab, while shooting for a Times story. View the photos by clicking here.