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Alan Turing Opera Project (Olofsson) Malmö 2021 Albert Montañez

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  • Published by: Palladium Malmö  
  • Date Published: 2021  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
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The Alan Turing Opera Project is an interdisciplinary opera initiative created by performing artist Albert Montanez. This project involves opera, theater and technological elements to portrait the life and death of LGBTQ icon and founding father of computer sciences and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing. Alan’s inspirational life was the artistic source for the creation of this new opera work. The one-hour chamber opera is a monologue that narrates the last hour in Alan’s life. It is a life journey of discovery, love, pain and hidden secrets.

As Albert Montañez’s original production, the Alan Turing Opera Project was first performed to wide acclaim—and met with a standing ovation—as the final performance of the 2020 Halland Contemporary Opera Festival. “Albert [as the star-performer] couldn’t have been a better Turing,” noted the Halland Opera Festival Press. “Alan was a visionary, a war hero, and a brave man that fought back against society in a time where being yourself wasn’t allowed,” said Albert Montanez. In January 1952, Alan Turing was offered the choice between chemical castration or a two-year prison sentence for “gross indecency,” simply for being LGBTI+. Even as one of the most brilliant scientists of his generation, the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, and instrumental to defeating the Nazis, Mr. Turing was coerced into choosing castration.

It only took 57 years, until 2009, for Her Majesty’s Government to apologize to Alan Turing. This year, in June, the Bank of England is issuing the $50-pound note with his name and face as a very belated homage. Benedict Cumberbatch brilliantly portrayed him in the blockbuster film “The Imitation Game,” and a BBC audience poll in 2019 named him the greatest person of the 20th century. “His work not only saved more than 2 million lives in WWII but he was the precursor of artificial intelligence,” said Albert. “Our lives would be so different without Alan’s research, bravery,and scientific accomplishments.” In 1954, at age 41, after possibly eating an apple laced with cyanide, Mr. Turing was found dead in his apartment in Wilmslow, Cheshire. The one-hour Alan Turing Opera Project, with music by Swedish Composer Kent Olofsson, narrates the last hour in Alan Turing’s life.

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