Opera Premiere

Friday • November 11th 2022 | 7:30pm
Saturday • November 12th 2022 | 7:30pm
Sunday • November 13th 2022 | 4:00pm
CCRMA Stage • Stanford University
Free and Open to the Public

Laptop Orchestra + Opera == Laptopera

The Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) presents the first-ever "laptopera". The Furies: A Laptopera is a retelling of the Greek tragedy Electra. Blending a number of versions of the Electra story including works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Jean Paul Sartre, this retelling explores central questions regarding how communities escape from cycles of violence, the role of guilt and shame in community identity, personal responsibility, how justice interfaces with cycles of violence, and redemption. The artistic medium of the laptop orchestra both serves to recast the traditional instrumental role in a new kind of operatic medium (the “laptopera”) that reimagines the potential of instrument building to support dramatic elements and character relationships—while simultaneously positing questions about technology in our lives presently, both in its promise to help us flourish and in its perils to perpetuate and amplify the existing cycles of violence in our world today.

(What is a laptop orchestra, you ask?)

The laptop orchestra is a large-scale, computer-mediated ensemble that explores cutting-edge technology in combination with conventional musical contexts—while radically transforming both. This unique ensemble format comprises laptops, human performers, controllers, and custom multi-channel speaker arrays designed to provide each computer-based instrument with its own acoustic identity and presence. The orchestra fuses a powerful sea of sound with the immediacy of human music-making, capturing the irreplaceable energy of a live ensemble performance as well as its sonic intimacy. At the same time, the orchestra makes use of the computer’s capabilities to experiment with sounds, instruments, and new forms of musical expression. Offstage, the ensemble serves as a unique laboratory and classroom that explore music, computer science, interaction design, composition, and live performance.

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Creator • Composer • Co-producer

Anne Hege

Computer Visuals, SLOrk Director, Co-producer

Ge Wang

Instrument System Engineer

Curtis Ullerich

Instrument Design Contributors

Camille Noufi, Elena Georgieva, Curtis Ullerich,
Anne Hege, Matt Wright

CCRMA Technical Director, SLOrk Co-director

Matt Wright

Choreographer • Stage Direction

Carrie Ahern (2022 Premiere), Catie Cuan (2019-2020)

Lighting • Audio Capture • Livestream

Constantin Basica


Cole Thomason-Redus


Electra — Shauna Fallihee
Aegisthus — Sidney Chen
Orestia — Anne Hege
Clytemnestra — Alice Del Simone
Maids & Interlude — Elena Georgieva & Camille Noufi
Tutor & Agamemnon's ghost — Seth Arnopole
Iphigenia’s ghost — Elena Georgieva
Soldiers — Camille Noufi & Nette Worthey

The Furies • SLOrk Ensemble

Seth Arnopole, Elena Georgieva, Camille Noufi,
Curtis Ullerich, Nette Worthey, Matt Wright


CCRMA, Constantin Basica, Dave Kerr, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano


Opera Premiere

Friday • November 11th 2022 | 7:30pm
Saturday • November 12th 2022 | 7:30pm
Sunday • November 13th 2022 | 4:00pm
CCRMA Stage • Stanford University
Free and Open to the Public


Opera Premiere

November 11th, 12th, 13th 2022 @ CCRMA Stage, Stanford University
night 1 | night 2 | day 3 | program note | photo gallery

Act I Performance

December 15th & 16th 2019 @ CCRMA
event page | photos

Act III Performance

June 8th 2019 @ 2019: A SLOrk Odyssey
event page | photos | video

"Glorious Guilt" Performance

May 2nd 2019 @ SLOrktastic Chamber Music 2019
event page | photos

Ambitious Art Needs Allies

The Furies: A Laptopera is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Furies: A Laptopera must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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