The Semperoper Dresden belongs to the most famous and traditional opera houses in the world. It opened the 2022/2023 season with a world premiere: In "chasing waterfalls," for the first time, musical theater is not based exclusively on human creative power, but artificial intelligence works autonomously on the production. Based on algorithms, KI creates music, lyrics and vocals in phases without human intervention. The cross-media opera project was created in collaboration with the Semperoper Dresden, the composer Angus Lee, the Performing Arts artist collective phase 7 and the Studio for Sonic Experiences kling klang klong. T-Systems MMS supported the project as a cooperation partner and in the development of a vocal voice based on artificial intelligence.
Development and synthesis of a vocal voice based on artificial intelligence
Architecture of a neural network with language models such as GPT-3, MusicAudioBot and RAVE as well as text-to-speech training of AI
The AI sings a duet with the leading actress as well as a self-sufficient seven-minute solo part
The Semperoper Dresden, named after its architect Gottfried Semper, is considered one of the most beautiful theaters in the world and is famous for its outstanding acoustics. It combines tradition, musical history and unique sound in an unmistakable way with innovation, inspiration and emotion. At the highest artistic level, it brings opera, concert and ballet to the people of Dresden and beyond to the world. Tradition and renewal are programmatic for the work of the Semperoper Dresden.
With numerous world premieres of works by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, among others, opera history has already been written here in the past, and today, too, the Semperoper feels committed to its history as a world premiere house. The Semperoper Dresden is also the permanent home of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under its current chief conductor Christian Thielemann. With an occupancy rate of over 90 percent for its 1,430 seats, the Semperoper Dresden is a beacon in the international cultural landscape.