Friday, 25 August 2017

Mozart vs Machine

Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group
Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group
Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group
Duncan Robertson - Mozart vs Machine - Mahoganny Opera Group
Mozart vs Machine is a new opera by Dominic Robertson (also known as Ergo Phizmiz), a mad mix of Mozart, electronic sound and video which is being taken on tour by Mahoganny Opera Group. The tour opens in Aldeburgh's Jubilee Hall (17 September), followed by performances in Birmingham, Bristol, Norwich, London, and Exeter.

Directed by Frederic Wake-Walker, the piece features a cast including soprano Rebecca Bottone. Part surreal vaudeville, part philosophical debate, exploring creating music, random chance and the ownership of ideas, Mozart vs Machine brings together a wealth of historical figures including the father of electronic music, Raymond Scott. When a device Scott invents to create random musical patterns accidentally tears a hole in the universe, it begins a fantastical encounter that brings him face to face with Mozart. All with a little help from film-pioneer Georges Méliès, Lewis Carroll’s logic games, composers John Cage and J S Bach and a local chorus of senior citizen jurors.

The music features Robertson's re-mixes of Mozart, along with video projection and animation with live action breaking in. Expect an over the top spectacle.

Full details from the Mahoganny Opera Group website.

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