Extended Opera Symposium – On Contemporary Opera and Technology
University College of Opera (OHS) & Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) invite you to the first International symposium on Contemporary Opera and Technology
When: May, 31st – June, 1st 2013
Where: KTH The Reactor hall (R1), Drottning Kristinas väg 51 & L1, Drottning Kristinas väg 30
Is Opera a mausoleum risen over bygone golden ages – constantly looking back on a forlorn high-point of canonical works composed during the 19th century? Or can we understand opera as a creative paradigm based on the human voice and on innovation?
Extended Opera Symposium brings the subject of innovative technology in operatic practice to the surface, and invites composers, set designers, singers, stage directors, conductors, dramaturges, librettists and other professionals as well as opera lovers to take part in lectures and discussions on how opera is and can be extended with new instruments and technologies.
Keynote speakers (international):
- Arshia Cont, Director, Dep. for Research/Creativity Interfaces (IRC) IRCAM, Paris.
- Alex Nowitz, Singer and Composer, affiliated with STEIM, Amsterdam.
- Elena Jessop, PhD student, working w. prof. Tod Machover at MIT/Media Lab, Boston.
- Oscar Bianchi, Swiss/Italian opera composer, earlier affiliated with IRCAM.
- Nicola Bernardini, composer, Scuola di Musica Elettronica Conserv. C.Pollini, Padova.
and from Sweden:
- Jesper Nordin, composer and inventor of the Gestrument for iPad.
- Anna Einarsson, singer, composer and PhD student at Royal College of Music.
- Carl Unander-Scharin, composer and lyric tenor, Visiting Professor at University College of Opera and PhD student at KTH.
- Åsa Unander-Scharin, choreographer and director, PhD, Associate Professor at Luleå University of Technology.
- Anne Pajunen, musician, composer and performance artist.
In connection to the symposium, there will be performances of two new operas: Between a rock and a hard place by South-African composer Philip Miller and Sing the Body Electric! by the Swedish team composer Carl Unander-Scharin and choreographer Åsa Unander-Scharin.
There is a maximum limit of 100 participants, for registration and questions, please mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via tel: +46 8 546 270 34
Day 1 (May 31^st) – Starting Time 9:30 AM Lunch break 1:00–2:00 PM Ending 5:30 PM