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Robot Opera!


Alas, not my Cubbies, who lost their season opener against the Pirates. But I scored today. I scored two free tickets to see next Friday's performance of Death and the Powers, the finest opera to come out of the MIT Media Lab, featuring both a Musical Chandelier and the Chorus of Robots. How amazingly cool is that?


It's not just the Robot Opera-ness; I have some strong family ties to MIT (Dad Pony and Uncle Pony are both alums, and Uncle Pony maintains strong ties to the place), and a friend of mine who recently got his Ph.D in robotics from MIT worked on the opera; he helped to program the dancing robots. So I had a lot of good reasons to want to see Death and the Powers. The Chicago Opera Theater routinely sends out a few free tickets to its shows to the University of Chicago Music Department, and they're put up for grabs, first come, first served. I was quick, and I scored free tickets to the exact night that I wanted to go see it! Hooray! Robot Opera!


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Apr. 2nd, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
That is cool! It sounds like fun in general, but it is always more fun to see events when you know some of the behind the scenes info. Have fun!
Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
I am definitely looking forward to this. Uncle Pony will get a full report at Passover.
Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! I saw it here in Boston two weeks ago, and it was definitely a fascinating spectacle, although I'm not convinced it was THE FUTURE of the opera genre. I went with a friend from the Media Lab, who was able to point out important people in the audience, and was pleased that the grad students and robot operators got their own curtain call. There's a detailed plot synopsis in the playbill that I didn't read until afterwards; it explains why some mysterious things have happened on stage, but changes the interpretations (like reading a book after seeing its movie).

Have fun!
Apr. 2nd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
I suspect that no one knows exactly what THE FUTURE of opera is. I also personally suspect that there is no one THE FUTURE; rather, I think that opera has already split into several different sub-genres, and it's just the music history types who haven't figured that out yet.
Apr. 3rd, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)
Excellent! An opera with a robot chorus is intriguing already, but anytime you have some personal connections to a performance, that just makes it better. Free, too! All-around wonderful.
Apr. 6th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I am anticipating a rockin' good time.
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