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This 1930s opera by Max Brandt was suppressed under the Nazis, but highlights the emerging anxieties of the cybernetic age, through a chorus of worker machines reminiscent of Capek's robots. Cambridge conductor Peter Tregear, after researching the work in the course of his PhD, staged a production first in Cambridge, and then on the London Southbank in a festival devoted to music that had been suppressed. The machine chorus was represented by a live digital animation generated from audio signals captured in the orchestra.
Project leader: Peter Tregear