Our cover story this month concerns the breathtaking staging of Verdi’s La Traviata on Sydney Harbour by Handa Opera. With set designs by Brian Thomson, who also designed the sets for cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the opera’s biggest scenes involve a 3.5-ton chandelier, 70 cast members, firework displays and party boats in Sydney Harbour. Find out more in David Barbour’s report . . .
Also this month, Rob Halliday enters another dimension to experience Current, Rising, the first foray into virtual reality productions by the Royal Opera House. Plus, we report on two leading online conferences: Virtual Showlight and PLASA Online 2021, and give a sneak peek at a unique large-scale public art project set to take flight in Plymouth this August. Meanwhile, community spirit is alive and well as we report on two UK-based projects where suppliers went above and beyond to assist local venues.
On the tech front, we present two reviews for your consideration: ETC’s new Source Four LED Series 3 is put through its paces by Rob Halliday, while Simon Allen gets to grips with the 4466 and 4488 CORE headset microphones from DPA. While new products are essential to driving the industry forwards, Metta Theatre’s Will Reynolds takes a look at the green credentials manufacturers and businesses are building in to their processes for our sustainability focus this month. Rest assured there will be plenty more to come on this subject over the coming months. For now, enjoy!
David Barbour reports on how Handa Opera’s revival of the Verdi masterpiece contended with wild weather to bring live performance back to Sydney Harbour . . .
In a sea of virtual productions, the Royal Opera House has debuted a world-first in its multi-sensory operatic experience Current, Rising. Rob Halliday reports . . .
Simon Allen puts DPA’s two newest headset microphones, 4466 and 4488 CORE, to the test . . .
Rob Halliday reviews the third generation of ETC’s popular colour-mixing LED stage workhorse . . .
The industry’s favourite lighting conference moved online for a special one-off edition. Claire Beeson was in attendance . . .
Kate Lyon reports on Reading Rep Theatre’s new permanent home, fitted out through the collective effort of the local creative and technical community . . .
The world’s first flying puppet will take to the streets and skies of Plymouth this August. Sarah Rushton-Read meets the team behind the project while it incubates . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports on the second edition of the popular free-to-attend virtual event . . .
Metta Theatre artistic director Will Reynolds takes a look at how the industry is implementing green thinking . . .
A rural Baptist church got to grips with some of the latest video capture technology to help it stream its services during the pandemic. Steve Moles reports . . .
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