Tod Machover | "Death and the Powers" Blue-Ray Disc

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"Death and the Powers" Blue-Ray Disc

by Tod Machover

This item is a Blue-ray Disc. Science fiction and poignant family drama combine in one of the most stunning, cutting-edge operas of the 21st century.
Genre: Classical: Opera
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1. Death and the Powers (Excerpt from Scene 1: Simon and the System)
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This is a Blu-ray disc with stereo and surround sound audio options.

DEATH AND THE POWERS is a one-act, full-evening work that tells the story of Simon Powers, a rich, successful, and powerful businessman and inventor, who wishes to prolong his existence beyond the decay of his physical being. Reaching the end of his life, Powers faces the question of his legacy: When I die, what remains? What will I leave behind? What can I control? What can I perpetuate? Using his vast resources, Powers devises a way to ‘download’ himself into his environment.

This transformation turns every object in his surroundings — such as his books, furniture and walls — into a collective, living version of himself, called The System. His family, friends, and business associates are left not only to figure out if this new ‘environment’ is actually a true embodiment of Powers, but also how to sustain a relationship with him in this new form, and whether to abandon their own organic existence and join him in this world of light, free of death and suffering.

2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

“Death and the Powers doesn’t point the way to a new era of opera. It’s there. Now.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

"...a grand, rich, deeply serious new opera...” — Andrew Porter in Opera Magazine

Tod Machover, composer. Robert Pinsky, librettist. Randy Weiner, dramaturg. Dallas Opera global simulcast production with Robert Orth (Simon Powers),Joélle Harvey (Miranda), Patricia Risley (Evvy), and Hal Cazalet (NIcholas). Original production directed by Diane Paulus. Dallas production directed by Andrew Eggert; Allegra Libonati, associate director. Nicole Paiement, conductor. Alex McDowell, production design. Recorded at the Winspear Opera House. Technology by the MIT Media Lab.

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