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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, a Guerilla Opera Production Presented by The Rozsa and Michigan Tech Music

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Sunday, October 15, 2023, 3 pm

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“Thrilling Adventures as much a triumph as it is a bit of wacky fun.”  Aaron Keebaugh, Artfuse 2023

Based on the New York Times best-selling graphic novel by Sydney Padua, this is the first staging of the comedic new work. It centers on scientists Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, the real-life unsung inventors of the first computer, fighting crime in alternate universes with their new invention.

Ada Lovelace was a mathematician, gambler, and proto-programmer, whose writings contained the first-ever appearance of general computing theory. Lovelace was the first great genius to develop a programming language, and she is still not generally known. Charles Babbage was the eccentric inventor of the Difference Engine, an enormous clockwork calculating machine that would have been the first computer if he had ever finished it.


PRESENTER | Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts
VENUE | The McArdle Theatre
DURATION | 75 minutes, including intermission
TICKETS | Pay As You're Able ($30 Full Ticket Fee)   What is this? 
SEATING | General Admission

Additional Events

Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 12
Stay after the show on October 12th for a panel discussion with Alaina de la Guardia (Ava Lovelace), Elena Ruehr (Composer), Libby Meyer (Director, Music Composition Program at Michigan Tech), Linda Ott (Professor, Computer Science), Jennifer Nish (Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition), and Richard Canevez (Assistant Professor, Communication, Culture & Media, and Humanities)

During the run of the opera, themes of women in STEM will be explored through community events and panel discussions with MTU faculty, students, and guest artists. This all takes place as part of the yearlong celebration of 50 years of Computer Science at MTU.

About Guerilla Opera

Guerilla Opera(GO) is a BIPOC and feminist organization, Boston's only experimental chamber opera ensemble, and one of only a few in the world with a mission to exclusively present new experimental works of opera theater. GO was founded by an ensemble of local artists who desire to affect change in an antiquated art form by questioning and confronting the status quo of the operatic art form and our world. Our artistic work eschews stereotypical traditions of opera. We present only new works that expand the definition of “opera”, and that utilizes a small-scale ensemble of local artists of 1 to 8 performers. With this mission and vision, we have garnered a repertoire of over 30 world premiere operas and a national reputation for innovation, with Opera News raving that “Guerilla Opera redefines the Opera experience.”


The development of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage was supported by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), MIT Music and Theater Arts, and by a grant from Cambridge Arts, a local agency supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Support for this the Rozsa Presenting Series and this event provided by

the Janet Locatelli Fund, and donors like you. View current donors to the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. 

This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

Pay As You're Able Ticketing

The Rozsa believes that the foundation of an equitable and inclusive arts culture requires making events financially accessible to all. So, we are offering Pay as You're Able ticketing for all of our Presenting Series events.

For Pay As You're Able, the "full fee" represents the value of the ticket. For you, Pay As You’re Able may mean covering your ticket price and part of someone else's through "full fee +." It could also mean paying half or some of the ticket price. Please pay what you can afford. 


Noise-canceling headphones
Available at the Rozsa Box Office.

Assisted Listening Devices
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Print and Digital Programs

Digital Program
The full program will be available online at least one day in advance for all devices and is compatible with most screen readers. 

Limited Print Program
Print programs containing limited show information will be available at the door.

Large-Print Program
A large-print version of the limited print program is available in advance online. A limited quantity is printed and available at the Rozsa Box Office.

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