Julia Bullock & Roderick Williams Headline North American Premiere of ‘Upload’

By Francisco Salazar

The Park Avenue Armory in New York will present the North American premiere of Dutch composer, film and stage director, and librettist Michel van der Aa’s new opera “Upload.”

The premiere comes after the work’s acclaimed run at the Dutch National Opera in fall 2021 and features music, theater, film, and state-of-the-art motion capture technology.

The work, which will star soprano Julia Bullock and baritone Roderick Williams, tells the story of a daughter and her father who, when confronted by his inevitable death, has his thoughts and memories “uploaded” to achieve an eternal digital consciousness.

In an official press statement, Rebecca Robertson, Founding President and Executive Producer of Park Avenue Armory said, “We are delighted to welcome Michel van der Aa’s extraordinary talent and prescient vision back to the Drill Hall in our 2022 season. Upload creates a daring new vision of what our future selves might become in the digital age, with live performance by the finest operatic voices presented through the prism of technology to get at the heart of what makes us human.”

“Upload” is set to be presented from March 22 to 30, 2022.