By Tod Machover
Libretto by Robert Pinsky
Story by Robert Pinsky & Randy Weiner
Directed by Diane Paulus
Conducted by Gil Rose
When the eccentric patriarch Simon Powers downloads himself into The System, his entire house comes to life around his family and friends. A groundbreaking new production developed by the MIT Media Lab in partnership with the A.R.T., Death and the Powers explores what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones, using specially designed technology and an expressively animated stage, including a chorus of robots and a musical chandelier. Machover, called "America's most wired composer" by the Los Angeles Times, distinctively blends technological and artistic finesse to create a score that is passionately inventive, yet filled with arching melodic lines. Death and the Powers, which receives its world premiere in Monaco in the fall of 2010, is supported by Futurum Association in Monaco, and will be presented in collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater, in association with Opera Boston.