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Of Note: U.S. premiere of Death and the Powers

Death and the Powers, a new opera created by Tod Machover and developed at the Media Lab, will make its U.S. premiere tonight at the Cutler Majestic Theater as part of MIT’s Festival of Art, Science and Technology.

Hailed as "a grand, rich, deeply serious new opera" (Opera Magazine), this one-act, full-evening work introduces specially designed technology that includes a musical chandelier, a chorus of robots and an animated set that becomes an actual character in the story, launching a new era in opera production and expression.

The libretto, written by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, tells the story of Simon Powers, an eccentric billionaire who uploads himself into digital immortality, leaving his worldly body behind — a transformation that turns every object in his surroundings into a collective, living version of himself.

Presented by the American Repertory Theater in collaboration with FAST. For more about the opera, including sound and video samples, visit the project website.

Performances are March 18, 22 and 25 @ 7:30 p.m. and March 20 @ 3 p.m. at Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St., Boston. Purchase tickets from the Cutler Majestic ticketing site. Full-time students with valid student ID can purchase one student ticket in advance for $25. These are available by phone or in person at the Cutler Majestic box office (617-824-8000). Student rush tickets will be available for $15 the day of the performance in person only at the Cutler Majestic box office. Advance and rush student tickets are for select seats in the mezzanine and balcony, and subject to availability.

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