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About the opera

The opera “The Tale of the Great Computing Machine” is based on the book of the same title, written by Hannes Alfvén, a Professor at KTH, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1970.

“The Tale of the Great Computing Machine” was written in 1966 by KTH Professor and Nobel Laureate Hannes Alfvén. What was originally intended to be a bedtime story for his grandchildren gradually grew into an observation about our relationship with nature and technology. “The Tale of the Great Computing Machine” is a story written in a distant future, where the significance of humans is reduced to an evolutionary step on the road to a wise and all-knowing computer. In the book, Alfvén envisages a great deal of the developments we are already a part of today, and the relationship between humans and technology makes it continuously relevant.

The story is now being given a new form and interpreted in an innovative opera, produced by KTH and Stiftelsen Internationella Vadstena-Akademin under the artistic direction of Carl and Åsa Unander-Scharin. 

The plan is to stage the opera in December 2022 in the KTH Reactor Hall, an absolutely unique environment, 25 metres below ground. 

Interview with the artistic directors

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Last changed: Feb 16, 2022