Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

Opera Machine: A new way of teaching and engaging

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So I am so excited about this Opera Machine that the Royal Opera house UK is using. 

“The Opera Machine presents an extraordinary multi-angled view of the intricate theatrical process behind the scenes during a performance” This particular link sends you to a completely new experience of Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre. 

I loved this so much, and I know I am overly enthusiastic about this.. but how much cooler can it get than being in all 17 places at once?

Click through all of the video links to see what is happening at the same time in different places on the stage.

I think this is such an amazing engaging educational tool. It can be used to show just how much goes on during an opera and personally I think it could even make opera seem much “cooler” and interactive.

After talking about the FOMO ( fear of missing out ) phenomenon among our generation last week in Marketing class, I could not help thinking that this is such way to combat this. You won’t need to fear missing out on any of these different stage angles. 🙂

I hope you take a look and all get as excited about this as me!


4 comments on “Opera Machine: A new way of teaching and engaging

  1. alexgilbertschrag
    October 8, 2014

    This is so cool! And it actually reminded my of several other apps that are out to download about learning about the orchestra and watching what happens during the performance.

    I think this is a cool way to let people experience the opera and to provide an inside look at how much work there is when putting on a show. I learned more about the Stage Management and Production Side of things over the summer at the Theater company that I worked for. What I didn’t realize before was all of the various aspects that need to go into making a show work. When performing in a symphony, you have musicians and a conductor. With an opera or a theater performance, you are dealing with everything else that has to go into a production.

    Watching everyone, especially the SM calling the shots, really makes you understand what exactly is going on. While also at the theater company, we sold tickets for folks to sit in in the sound booth and off stage to watch a production. This allowed them to get an inside look as well. Connecting the audience with the artwork will help build lasting relationships, and I think this is a first step in doing that!

  2. Samantha Sobash
    October 9, 2014

    This is a spectacular educational and engagement tool for audiences. The technical work of a show is just as much of a performance as what is happening on stage. Especially for such a high volume production as an opera, it is exciting to watch what is happening. I agree hearing the stage manager is one of the most fascinating parts, I was at a Cirque du Soleil symposium and the stage manager for KA gave a presentation about her work. She was quite amazing in knowing all of the cues in KA by 3 methods: the music, the movement, and the running time. I like how this tool provides an insight into the different perspectives of people working to make the Opera run. I think it is quite innovative in positioning itself for new audiences.

  3. sarasps85
    October 10, 2014

    What an amazing post and discovery. Thank you.
    One can argue about the mystically behind any arts performance and if this kind of “surveillance” might affect the performance itself… but I think this is just great. And without doubts a very useful educational tool. I actually think that audiences would be more engaged in arts if they could have a complete experience of a performance and sometimes peek behind the curtains:).

  4. yaoge2016
    October 10, 2014

    The Opera Machine offers a perfect communication tool between theatre and audience, and the tool is educational to anyone who want to get a closer look at theatre’s internal operation. However, while Sara thinks that “audience would be more engaged in the arts if they have a complete experience of a performance “, in my opinion, if theatre is unveiled to the pubic, the magic seems to go. And there is a possibility that the more audience know about how the stage works, the more they’ll distract from the opera itself to the work behind the curtain, which hurts the experience of the whole performance. I don’t know the overall effect of the Opera Machine on the audience, but as arts managers, we should take both pros and cons into consideration.

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