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David Barnett of NPR speaks with Professor Tod Machover about the use of technology in modern opera. Machover’s most recent opera, Death and the Powers, tells the story of a man who wants to live forever and downloads himself into a computer consciousness called “The System.”

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<em>Death and the Powers</em> introduces new performance techniques and an animated set, including a musical chandelier with dozens of Teflon strings that can be played by the performers.

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Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, which features robots as performers, premieres this month. Is this the future of opera?