“A masterly weaving of music, film and motion-capture technology…spare yet richly complicated…the work of an artist in absolute command of his toolkit.”
The New York Times, Critic’s Pick

“Highly original…fantastic music…Bullock and Williams are terrific”
NRC Handelsblad, ★★★★★

“I have seldom experienced opera more intimately.””
Bachtrack, ★★★★★

In his groundbreaking new film opera, acclaimed Dutch composer, film and stage director, and librettist Michel van der Aa ventures to the frontiers of technological innovation with an engrossing tale conveyed by live performance, motion capture, and immersive film. Performed by the incomparable soprano Julia Bullock and acclaimed baritone Roderick Williams, Upload tells the story of a daughter and her father who, when confronted by his inevitable death, has his thoughts and memories “up-loaded,” to achieve a “virtual resurrection.” If one day scientific advances allow us to map our own experiences, where do our identities really reside: in our minds, our bodies, or our relationships? And how far does the data of our lives determine our fate? What price will we have to pay for immortality? Upload explores these ancient philosophical questions against the backdrop of present-day and near-future technologies in a work that is conceptual and deeply emotional.

Artist Talk: Upload with Michel van der Aa
Friday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Tickets: $15 (plus fees)

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North American Premiere
A Park Avenue Armory Commission

Commissioned by and in Co-Production with Park Avenue Armory, Dutch National Opera, Oper Köln, Bregenzer Festspiele, Ensemble Musikfabrik, doubleA Foundation

Composition, Director, Libretto, Michel van der Aa
Daughter, Julia Bullock
Father, Roderick Williams
Psychiatrist, Katja Herbers (film)
CEO, Ashley Zukerman (film)
Music Director, Otto Tausk
Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik
Set & Lighting Design, Theun Mosk
Dramaturgy, Madelon Kooijman, Niels Nuijten
Director of Photography, Joost Rietdijk
Motion Capture and Real-Time Graphics, Darien Brito
VFX Supervisor & Fractal Artist, Julius Horsthuis


Photo: Marco Borggreve

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March 22–30, 2022

Monday–Wednesday at 7:30pm
Friday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Tickets start at $45 (plus fees)

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission.

Health and Safety Protocols
All ticket-holders must be fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” means that you received your final dose of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine at least 14 days before your performance date. At check-in, ticket holders will be required to show proof of full vaccination (the New York State Excelsior Pass or a hard copy or photo of your vaccination card) and a government-issued photo ID.

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