GALATEA_RESET, a work of lyric theater for singers & robots, treats the mythological characters Acis, Galatea, Polyphemus and Pygmalion and the multiple paths of their stories through history. Referencing related works by Handel, Shaw, and Rosseau, the work is a collaboration between Rolf Lakaemper and Maurice Wright that was inspired by the idea of using robots to carry loudspeakers to create spatial music. The boundaries of the work expanded to include an exploration of the notions of autonomy, free will, and the role of history in a contemporary narrative. GALATEA_RESET is intended to be a diverting musical entertainment that employs video projections and real-time computer sound to create a rich palette of sounds and images.

Watch the Instructional Film
John

Pygmalion
John McCarthy, baritone

Melissa

Galatea2
Melissa Mino, soprano

Isabella

Venus
Isabella Nicole Ness, soprano

Erin

Cupid
Erin Busch, soprano

Rachel

Cupid
Rachel Byrd, soprano

Acis

Acis

Polyphemus

Polyphemus

Galatea

Galatea

  • Vox Populi (chorus), Temple University Singers
  • Robot Character Designs, Sandra James
  • Coach and Prompter, Elise Auerbach
  • Chorus Master, Dr. Mitos Andaya
  • Costume Design, Connie Koppe
  • Lighting Design, Nanette Hudson Joyce

The Project is made possible by a grant from the Temple Commission On The Arts, with funding provided by the Senior Vice Provost for the Arts. Additional support comes from the departments of Computer and Information Science, Music Studies, Voice and Opera, and Dance.

| Copyright © Maurice Wright