PISA, Italy (AP) - Tenor Andrea Bocelli has brought down the house at Pisa’s Teatro Verdi by performing with an unusual conductor: a robot.
The white, two-armed YuMi robot, designed by the Swiss company ABB for factory assembly lines, led Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra in Verdi’s “La Donna e Mobile” on Tuesday night at Pisa’s inaugural International Robotics Festival.
Bocelli, who is blind, follows the music and is sensitive to the variabilities brought to a performance by different conductors.
He declared YuMi a capable conductor, saying the robot had been “programmed well.”
Bocelli heads a foundation that helped organize the festival.
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