Opera Philadelphia hosted the first-ever live global simulcast of an opera this past Sunday at the Franklin Institute.
The Dallas Opera performed Tod Machover’s science-fiction opera “Death and the Powers” live in Dallas. Dallas streamed it via satellite to nine cities around the world, including Philadelphia.
“Death and the Powers” tells the story of an aging billionaire who tries to achieve immortality by uploading his life experience into a computer-generated “System,” a la The Matrix.
Before the experience started, Opera Philadelphia encouraged audience members to download a supplemental app developed by the MIT Media Lab. Machover is a professor of music and media at the Media Lab, a research facility dedicated to exploring the interaction of technology, media, and digital design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He leads their Opera of the Future group.
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