Autonomous Opera Robot Sings, Conducts in Tokyo

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Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--An autonomous humanoid robot sang an opera tune while conducting a 35-member orchestra at the New National Theater Tokyo on Thursday.

The Alter3 robot, developed chiefly by laboratories of Osaka University Prof. Hiroshi Ishirugo and University of Tokyo Prof. Takashi Ikegami, showed the performance at a press conference to highlight the opera robot project the two laboratories are conducting with social media company Mixi Inc. <2121> and Warner Music Japan Inc.

The android can change tempo and volume on its own judgment while performing, the developers said.

Alter3 is scheduled to perform a new opera written by Japanese composer Keiichiro Shibuya at the theater in Shibuya Ward in the summer next year with professional musicians and a chorus of 100 children.

"We want to produce an opera to be disseminated to the world," Kazushi Ono, the new national theater's artistic director of opera, said at the news conference.

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