Andrew Lovett

The Analysing Engine

Event Info

The Analysing Engine is a new short comic opera set in a University Science Laboratory. Four students have been recruited as test subjects for a marvellous new machine which can measure love between couples to an unprecedented level of accuracy. What could possibly go wrong?

A panel discussion entitled “What’s funny about comic opera?” will take place at 7pm in the theater before each performance featuring the composer and Princeton University Music Professors Wendy Heller, and on November 6, Emeritus Professor Scott Burnham. 

This semi-staged performance features a mixed cast of professionals and students including Heather O’Donovan, Bradley King, Brandon Gaines, Shruthi Rajasekar, Hansini Bhaskar, and Sebastian Cox.

Conductor: Gabriel Crouch

Director: Daniel Krane

Lighting: Victoria Davidjohn

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Sound Kitchen, the Department of Music, Princeton University, the Lewis Center for the Arts and David A Gardner ’69 Magic Project.

A note from the composer:

I began this piece in an Atelier class supported by the Music Department and the Lewis Center with performer, director and composer, Rinde Eckert and a group of adventurous students. Together we explored Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. From out of that emerged the story for this piece - The Analysing Engine  - in which four young people are confused through the agency of a Scientist, her assistant and their machine.

About the Artist:

Andrew Lovett is a composer with a special interest in opera and music theatre, especially combined with electroacoustic technology. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1962 and grew up in London. He studied at Cambridge University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University, London. He worked as a freelance composer for many years, specializing in chamber music, electroacoustic music, opera, music theatre and music for theatre. In 2009, Lovett moved to the U.S. and joined the Department of Music at Princeton as a Professional Specialist and Lecturer. Lovett’s works include Voyage (1997) for ensemble and electroacoustic music; Abraham on Trial (2005), an opera for five singers; and Lonely Sits the City (2009) for solo voice and surround sound electronics. Lovett also recently scored a feature-film, Wreckers, which was premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2011.