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KTH Royal Institute of Technology has commissioned a new opera from Åsa and Carl Unander-Scharin, called “The Tale of the Great Computing Machine”. The opera will have its world premiere in the Reactor Hall of KTH – 25 meters below ground – on December 1, 2022. https://www.kth.se/en/thetale

The opera is based on a book, written by Hannes Alfvén in 1966. Alfvén – awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1970 – had a deep and visionary understanding of the future of technology. In the book, Alfvén envisages a great deal of the developments we are already a part of today. His descriptions – partly disturbing and partly humorous – of the future relationship between humans and technology makes it continuously relevant.

Transforming the monologue in the original book into a libretto, required many creative interventions and ideas; such as the invention of the six roles as well as their role-names: Computa, Carbon, Oxygeni, Hydrogenii, Argon and Nitritio.  These names are based on the gases present in the Earth’s atmosphere – with the addition of the feminized version of the voice from the future (in accordance with Hannes Alfvén´s Swedish original). In collaboration with Nils Spangenberg from the Vadstena-Academy, a libretto was written by Åsa and Carl Unander-Scharin and later put to music by Carl.

In the artistic rendering of the book, the Opera Mecatronica-tandem (Åsa and Carl U-S) are using a long range of their custom-built artistic technologies, as well as creating new artifacts for this particular opera.

CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY, REGIE, INTERACTION DESIGN, LIBRETTO, MUSIC:
Åsa Unander-Scharin

CONCEPT, MUSIC, LIBRETTO, INTERACTION DESIGN, MUSICAL DIRECTION:
Carl Unander-Scharin

INITIATOR AND FACILITATOR:
Leif Handberg

LIBRETTO AND COLLABORATIVE REGIE:
Nils Spangenberg

PRODUCERS:
Terese Lindström, Eleonor Hjorth (Vadstena-Academy), Leif Handberg, Ellie Karlsson (KTH)

TECHNICAL LEADER:
Jimmy Svensson

VIDEO DESIGN, SOFT- AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT
Ludvig Elblaus

SOFT- AND HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT:
Federico Visi, Tobias Jaeger

PERFORMERS:
Computa: Anna Larsson
Argon: Arina Trostyanetskaya
Hydrogenii: Elisabeth Einarsdottir
Oxygeni: Linnea Andreassen
Nitritio: Anton Eriksson
Carbon: JohnErik Eleby
King, Queen: Yumi irb 14000

INSTRUMENTALISTS:
Violin: Rebecca Karlsson
Recorders: Kerstin Frödin
Lirone, Gamba: Nora Roll
Bass-Trombone: Lars Westergren
Percussion: Rolf Landberg

COSTUME:
Anna Ardelius

MASK:
Teresia Frisk

FUND RAISER (KTH):
Ulf Bolin, Philip von Segebaden

TICKETS and more information from KTH:
https://www.kth.se/en/thetale

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