The Turing Opera creates a living digital world. Ten singers act as avatars in a perceived musical digital universe. Tracking the history of the computer within a complex computer program named MIRA (The Machine Intelligent Reflective Avatar), The Turing Opera expands modern definitions of opera, including multimedia, imagination, and theater in a complex tale of digital life.
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The visual concept for the opera is to create the illusion of a digital world, live on stage. The singers don’t walk but rather glide across the stage behind a scrim, like animations. The illusion is further augmented by full stage projections, inspired by letters, images and documents from the online Turing Archive. In effect, the stage becomes a digital archive brought to life in music. The music, composed by William Antoniou, ranges from minimal to classical to pop-influenced and is always melodic and often haunting.
Contemporary opera continues to fight plummeting budgets by introducing innovating approaches to production that include new media, electronic scores, and smaller ensembles. It is as if the trying economics of our times has allowed one of the most traditional forms of classical music to explode into an exciting array of innovation and technology leagues ahead of its instrumental counterpart – the symphony.
Contemporary composers continue to expand and experiment, creating new forms of art and music that crosses boundaries and challenges audiences to redefine opera.