Institut Ramon LLull

Conference on new technological challenges and artificial intelligence in the field of contemporary opera production

Music.  BARCELONA, 05/10/2021

What implications will the next technological changes have for opera and music creators and music publishers? How can composers take creative advantage of recent advances in artificial intelligence? What is it like to use AI without diminishing intuition and creative freedom? Can new technologies create robotic performers? How is a new interaction between online platforms and face-to-face events formulated?

Opera composition has never turned its back on new tools or groundbreaking formats born of the emergence of new technologies. These are advances in fields as diverse as electronics applied to the creation and editing of new music or artificial intelligence and the possibilities it offers, which suddenly allow a new perspective on what it means to compose for the lyrical scene today.

The creators participating in the conference will share with the audience attending the event ―either in person or online― their first-person experiences and how they apply technological advances to their creative work. The guest scientists will be able to tell us about the latest developments that will surprise us in the future of AI in the field of opera.


Day 1
Wednesday 27
TH October

10’00 h:
General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) offers a welcoming remark to the participants

10’05 h:
Welcome and presentation of the conference by Marc Rosich, artistic director of ÒBNC, and Dietrich Grosse, director ÒBNC MODERACIÓ: Mercedes Conde Pons, directora artística del Palau de la Música

Moderation: Ramón López de Mántaras, research professor of CSIC

10’15 – 12’00 h:
AI at the service of creation, tools that make life easier for the creator. Ferran Cruixent, composer; Jordi Janer, engineer, co-founder, and director at Voctro Labs, and Agusti Charles, composer
Language: Spanish

12 ’30 – 13’45 h:
Participation of the public throughout technology and legal aspects. Marcus Lobbes, director at Akademie für Theater und Digitalität and Sönke Lund, abogado and Rechtsanwalt del Grupo Gispert – Abogados & Economistas Languages: English and Spanish

16’00 – 17‘15 h:
Influence processes of AI to develop new thoughts. Dr. Oscar Vilarroya, director of research in neuroscience, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Luc Steels, research professor at Instituto de Biología Evolutiva (IBE) of CSIC and at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Languages: English and Spanish

Day 2
Thursday 28
TH October

10’00 h:
General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) offers a welcoming remark to the participants

10’05 h:
Welcome and presentation of the conference by Marc Rosich, artistic director of ÒBNC, and Dietrich Grosse, director ÒBNC

Moderation: Mercedes Conde Pons, artistic director of the Palau de la Música

10’15 – 12’00 h:
New technologies: theme, instrument, or purpose. Visual electronics / sound / creative roles / 3D tools. Helena Cánovas Parés, composer; Raquel García-Tomás, composer and video maker; André Bücker, general and artistic director at Staatstheater Augsburg and Tina Lorenz, project coordinator to digital development at Staatstheater Augsburg Languages: English and Spanish

12’30 – 13’45 h:
Performer contrast – humanoid robot in the opera Dr. Evelyn Ficarra, composer and sound artist, music professor, and Tim Hopkins, artist, and researcher at the University of Sussex; Belenish Moreno-Gil, post-composer, playwright, and musicologist Languages: English and Spanish

16’00 – 17’15 h:
Limits of creativity. New technologies. Them, instrument, or purpose. Hèctor Parra, pensionnaire at Académie de France in Rome 2021-2022, and Michel van der Aa, composer and director Languages: English and Spanish

AI ÒPERA IA free of charge upon registration. Limited capacity.

On site at Fundació SGAE Catalunya headquarters, Passeig de Colom, 6, Barcelona

Online streaming available through the SGAE channel on YouTube

20’00 – 21.30
Closing ceremony
World premiere of the chamber opera ANDRÓMEDA IN CHAINS by Agustí Charles at the Palau de la Música Catalana -Petit Palau-, Produced by ÒBNC –TICKETS HERE

Organized by:

Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, ÒBNC

With the support of:

Fundació SGAE
Departament de Cultura GENCAT
Ajuntament de Barcelona
Consulado General de Alemania
Institut Ramon Llull
Mondigromax -cultivos de cultura-

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  • A consortium of:

  • Generalitat de Catalunya Govern Illes Balears Ajuntament de Barcelona

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