The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

A world-premiere opera in three adventures

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MIT Building W97 345 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA 02139

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, presented by CAST and Guerilla Opera, is a world premiere one-act opera by composer Elena Ruehr and librettist Royce Vavrek, adapted from the novel by Sydney Padua and with stage direction by Giselle Ty. This comedic new opera features Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, the true-life unsung inventors of the first computer, in an alternative universe where they successfully use their new invention to “fight crime'“.

The concert features performances by mezzo-soprano Aliana de la Guardia as Ada Lovelace and baritone Aaron Engebreth as Charles Babbage, with tenor Omar Najimi and soprano Erin Matthews, clarinetist Rane Moore, violinist Lilit Hartunian, cellist Stephen Marotto, and co-founding artist and percussionist Mike Williams.

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Friday, February 3, 2023, 7:30pm

Saturday, February 4, 2023, 3pm

Saturday, February 4, 2023, 7:30pm

Sunday, February 5, 2023, 3pm


CAST and Guerilla Opera welcome members of the blind and visually impaired community to experience a Tactile Tour of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage production at 2pm directly preceding the 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, February 4.

We also welcome audiences to stay for a post-show discussion directly following the 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, February 4.


CAST and Guerilla Opera want to ensure appropriate access to all audiences. W97's Black Box Theater is accessible via an elevator from street level, with wheelchair seating available and an additional row of seating accessible at stage level.

If you prefer to purchase tickets over the phone, need direct assistance, or have questions regarding ADA accessibility, please call (617) 253-8089 or email with your questions regarding ticketing or accessibility.


We believe that the foundation of an equitable and inclusive theater requires making our shows accessible to all, by ensuring that everyone who wants to see our shows can. Our admission prices are "Pay What You Can" so that our audience members can purchase tickets at a level comfortable for them.

STANDARD ADMISSION ($35) - General Admission Ticket Price

COMMUNITY PARTNER ($55) - General Admission plus a little extra to help support a community member's access

BUDGET FRIENDLY ($15) - If your budget is feeling tight this month, select this price

PAY WHAT YOU WILL - Contribute any amount to attend

Ticket revenue alone doesn’t even begin to cover what it costs to produce our shows, but we believe that access to the arts is a foundational human right. We encourage you to select any tier that allows you to attend, and ALL are welcome to choose any tier that allows access to others.

Please contact our box office at (617) 253-8089 or with any questions or for assistance.