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Thursday August 24, 2017

NY Met Production of “Das Rheingold” Goes Interactive

In its quest for the most ambitious sets and special effects, NY opera is borrowing technology from the movie industry, with digital imagery and computer graphics migrating to the stage and appearing in live performances. At the Metropolitan Opera, effects are produced with 19 computers that support  9
projectors and three cameras operating from a former storage room.

Digital bubbles follow the Rhinemaidens at the MET's new production of Das Rheingold. Those bubbles and other digital effects, are the result of three years work by a team lead by Robert Lepage, who is directing the opera. The stage is bathed in infrared light, and voice sensitive technology can interactively increase or decrease the volume of bubbles as the nymphs are singing.

The Wall Street Journal

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