Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT)

Robot Symposium - Programme

Robot Opera Mini Symposium

2-6pm Thursday 15th June

David Osmond-Smith Recital Room  (Falmer House 120)

University of Sussex

Brought to you by the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre and the Centre for Research in the Creative and Performing Arts

 All welcome. 


2pm Evelyn Ficarra, Lecturer in Music

Welcome and brief introductory remarks - why robot opera?

 2:10 Thanos Polymeneas-Liontiris, PhD Researcher, Composition in Music Theatre

Operatic Bots

 2:40 Chris Kiefer, Lecturer in Music Technology

Learning and Performing with AIs.

 3:10 Ron Chrisley Director, Centre for Cognitive Science

What would it be for a robot to sing?

 3:45 coffee / tea

 4:00 Performances and Discussion Panel

Ron Chrisley, Alice Eldridge, Evelyn Ficarra, Tim Hopkins, Ed Hughes, Nick Till

Work-in-progress performances of two 5 minute robot operas.

 Post performance discussion will be led by Nick Till, Professor of Opera and Music Theatre

Performers include Red 2 & Blue 3 (Robots) and Alice Eldridge (cello)

Director: Tim Hopkins

Opposite of Familiarity

for two Nao Robots, cello and piano

Music: Ed Hughes / Libretto: Eleanor Knight / Programming and Co-devising: Ron Chrisley

 O, One

for two Nao robots and cello

Music & Libretto: Evelyn Ficarra / Programming and Co-devising: Ron Chrisley

 5:00 What next?

Small group discussions brainstorming how to pursue this research strand.


Feeding ideas back into the larger group.

 6pm Wine & nibbles!