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UPLOAD – digital audio release

Dutch National Opera
Julia Bullock, soprano
Roderick Williams, baritone
Ensemble musikFabrik, conducted by Otto Tausk

Engineering and edit by Guido Tichelman / Azazello
Produced by Dutch National Opera

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What if our minds could live forever? Recent advances in artificial intelligence and neuroscience mean that we will soon be able to map our memories and experiences, and to use these data to build a digital consciousness identical with our own. These ‘whole brain emulations’ will be able to carry on indefinitely after our deaths: a way of virtual resurrection. But where do our identities really reside? In our minds, our bodies, or our relationships? And how far do the data of our lives determine our fate?

“Upload” 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. The deeply emotional work poses age-old philosophical questions—about fate, identity, the cost of immortality, and the ethics of technological advancement—that take on new significance against a backdrop of present-day and near-future technologies.

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★★★★★ “Highly original […] Fantastic music” – NRC

★★★★★ “Unimaginably stunning beauty” – Trouw

★★★★★ “I have seldom experienced opera more intimately” – Bachtrack

“A masterly weaving of music, film and motion-capture technology” – New York Times

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