SLOrk presents "The Furies: A Laptopera"

Date Range
Friday November 11th, 2022
CCRMA Stage, The Knoll
660 Lomita Dr Stanford, CA 94305

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 critical 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.

This concert will also be livestreamed at CCRMA Live.

Creator / Composer / Co-producer

Co-producer / Visuals / SLOrk Director

Instrument System Engineer

  • Curtis Ullerich

Instrument Design Contributors

Choreographer / Stage Direction

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

Lighting and Set Design

  • Jay Ryan


  • Cole Thomason-Redus


The Furies / SLOrk Ensemble 

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


  • Constantin Basica
  • Dave Kerr
  • Fernando Lopez-Lezcano

Admission Information

  • Free admission | Registration required for in-person attendance
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended. We encourage you to continue wearing masks for the comfort of our patrons, staff, and artists.
Event Sponsor
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Department of Music