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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Dates/times in Amsterdam time zone
Friday 01 October 202120:00
Sunday 03 October 202114:00
Monday 04 October 202120:00
Tuesday 05 October 202120:00
Friday 08 October 202120:00
van der Aa, Michel (b. 1970)Upload (Netherlands premiere)Libretto by van der Aa, Michel
Dutch National Opera
Otto TauskConductor
Michel van der AaDirector
Theun MoskSet Designer, Lighting Designer
Elske van BuurenCostume Designer
Roderick WilliamsBaritoneUpload
Susan BullockSopranoHis daughter
Ensemble Musikfabrik

He comes back home to his daughter as a digital version of himself

To live forever: it’s possible as an upload, a digital version of yourself. It sounds like science fiction, but in the not-all-too-distant future, it will be possible to transfer our memories, thoughts and experiences to an artificial brain. A utopia for some; it means we can exist forever and that our loved ones would never have to miss us. But what are the consequences for our humanity, our identity and for our relationships?

In the opera Upload, a man undergoes the transformation from living being to immortal digital entity. He has a digital version of himself made, hoping this will make him happier. The last step is renouncing his physical body, after which he can live on as an upload. In this manifestation, he comes back home to his daughter. She didn’t know about her father’s decision to have himself uploaded and she tries to come to grips with him. Why did he decide to do it? Is he the same person? And will it be possible for them to carry on like this?

Visual spectacle using state-of-the-art techniques

Like previous works by Michel van der Aa, Upload promises to be a musical and visual tour de force. With its blend of theatre and modern digital technology it will make clear just how powerful present-day opera can be. The German ensemble MusikFabrik, led by Otto Tausk, brings this new composition to life, accompanied by the amazing baritone Roderick Williams and the sensational soprano Julia Bullock, who has previously performed with DNO, including in Girls of the Golden West.

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Dutch National Opera; DoubleA Foundation; Ensemble MusikFabrik; Oper Köln, Cologne; Bregenzer Festspiele; The Armory, New York

October 2021
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