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Mozart vs Machine

Sunday 17th September
Jubilee Hall

“A burst of colour, noise and imagination...I would be slightly disappointed if you had witnessed anything like it before”

The New Statesman on Dominic Robertson

Mahogany Opera Group presents Mozart vs Machine

Alone in his Manhattan research laboratory, Raymond Scott, the father of electronic music, is developing a machine to generate random musical patterns. When one of his devices accidentally tears a hole in the universe it distorts time and brings him face to face with classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A high-octane mash-up of Mozart opera, electronic sound and video, bringing some of history’s most iconic artists together in a theatrical sci-fi-gameshow encounter. Mozart vs Machine is an irreverent collage of music and theatre composed by Dominic Robertson and directed by Frederic Wake-Walker that blurs boundaries of opera and performance art.

Think you know Mozart? Think again…

Running time: 1h 15m

Recommended age: 14+

Developed through Mahogany's Various Stages programme with support from Sound and Music.


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"An astonishing performance…. Opera for the 21st Century”

Audience on Mozart vs Machine

Dates & Locations

HighTide Festival Aldeburgh 2017 Sunday 17th September Book tickets

Cast & Creatives

  • Frederic Wake-Walker Director

    Frederic Wake-Walker is a director, producer and curator of opera and multi-discipline arts. He has trained in Noh theatre, Gambuh and Action Theater. He is artistic director Mahogany Opera Group and runs Mica Moca – project Berlin. Productions with Mahogany include family piece The Rattler by Stephen Deazley and Martin Riley (currently touring UK), Lost in Thought – the world’s first mindfulness opera, Emily Hall’s concept album-opera Folie à Deux, Hans Krása’s Brundibár with 500 children from across the UK and HK Gruber’s cabaret opera, Gloria – A Pigtale. Other recent productions include: Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Julian Philips’s The Yellow Sofa (Glyndebourne), a tour of Britten’s Church Parables (Russia and UK), Stravinsky’s Renard with Vladimir Jurowski (Konzerthaus Berlin) and Handel’s Jephtha (Buxton Festival). He has also directed at Scottish Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, Opera North, and Oviedo and collaborates regularly with children’s company Jubilee Opera. This autumn he directs a new production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for La Scala Milan.

  • Dominic Robertson Music, words and video

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