ALAN TURING

Location Sort/Hvid, Staldgade 26-30, 1699 København V
24.08.2022 - 25.08.2022
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY 19H00
Duration 60 min.
Tickets

After the performance on Thursday the 25th of August, the audience is invited to stay for a talk with the creative team behind the opera ALAN TURING.

Soloist, countertenor ALBERT MONTAÑEZ Composition KENT OLOFSSON Art director MICHAEL RIZZO Video production JÖRGEN DAHLQVIST Producer ALBERT MONTAÑEZ Photo MALIN ARNESSON

Artificial intelligence, Nazi resistance, and the fight against brutal suppression of sexual minorities. The mathematician Alan Turing’s life is a tragic and captivating story of love, pain, secrets and breaking scientific ground.

The life of the pioneer, Alan Turing, has been captured in a newly written opera, which will be performed at Sort/Hvid. Cross-disciplinary artist, countertenor Albert Montañez, has written the libretto and sings the title role of Alan Turing. The performance combines opera, theater, computer-generated music, and technological elements in its portrayal of a human being who was way ahead of his time. It was performed for the first time in Malmö, during World Pride 2021.

With his searing intelligence, Alan Turing is known as one of the founding fathers of the modern computer. He broke the code machine of Nazi Germany during the Second World War saving millions of lives. Before his death, he was taken to court for being actively homosexual and was pressured into subjecting himself to chemical castration. Today, he has become an icon for LGBTQ+ rights.

“Alan Turing’s tragic death needed to be told from an opera perspective, as it is the perfect opera story,” says Albert Montañez about the mathematician, who was portrayed in 2014 by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film ’The Imitation Game’. Turing was found dead at the age of 41 in 1954 – according to some theories, after having eaten an apple, poisoned with cyanide. The performance lasts for one hour and depicts the last hours of his life.

Parts of the musical score are computer-generated and performed together with Albert Montañez’ searing counter-tenor solos. Composer, Kent Olofsson, explains, “We have tried to recreate Alan Turing’s idea of thinking machines. Hopefully, this will bring the audience very close to the last hours of Alan Turing’s life.”

ALAN TURING is part of Copenhagen Opera Festival.