MIT Theater Arts Performance Space to Present World Premiere of ‘VALIS’

By David Salazar

The MIT Theater Arts Performance Space is set to present the world premiere of Tod Machover’s first opera “VALIS” on Sept. 8-10, 2023.

Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, the opera tells the story of Horselover Fat who explores the boundaries between reality and AI technology following a “pink light” experience.

The opera will star bass-baritone Davóne Tines and mezzo-soprano Anaïs Reno. Jay Scheib directs. The composer conducts.

“‘VALIS’ was the start of so many of my musical preoccupations, dramatic conceptions, and many of my ideas for expression-enhancing interactive performance technologies. The work feels as fresh to me—and its tunes and textures as memorable—as when it first premiered in Paris, and I am very gratified to have ‘VALIS’ reimagined and relaunched in collaboration with this wonderful creative and performance team so that it might move and inspire new generations,” Machover stated in an official press release issued ahead of the premiere.

The opera was previously recorded by Bridge Records.