Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bizet's opera Carmen in 3D from Covent Garden, London

The Royal Opera House has teamed up with 3D cinema technology provider, RealD, to film Francesca Zambello’s incredible production of Carmen. Both performances will begin at 7pm and will feature the full cast appearing in this summer's revivals, including Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel and Aris Argiris. Seats will be priced from £4 to £37.50. The film is being produced by UK production company Principal Large Format, helmed by the UK’s leading 3D director Julian Napier and produced by Phil Streather.

We want you to be part of this first ever opera filmed and distributed in 3D for a mass cinema audience.

Why See It?
Featuring acrobats, animals and a stunning cast, Francesca Zambello’s staging of this favourite opera ripples with the heat of the Spanish sun. Carmen combines instantly memorable melodies and colourful orchestration with a gripping love story, great energy and a sexy female protagonist. Today it is the most popular opera in the repertoire, but it still retains the capacity to shock, excite and move an audience. 

This is only half of the event; with all the cameras in the auditorium you will be able to witness the first opera in the UK being captured for 3D cinemas, and as an audience member you might just make it in the final cut, immortalised for ever in 3D cinema.

To add to your experience there will be a pre-performance introduction in the main auditorium to give you a flavour of the work involved capturing opera for 3D cinema. Francesca Zambello will introduce the production on 18 June and Director of The Royal Opera, Elaine Padmore, on 24 June.

Who are RealD?
RealD the leading global licensor of stereoscopic (three-dimensional), or 3D, technologies, offering stunningly realistic entertainment experience using next-generation digital 3D technology. Recent feature films shown in RealD 3D include James Cameron’s Avatar, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Up, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs amongst others. Find out more about RealD.

Important information:
3D filming is very different to the normal kind. It requires a great many more cameras from various different angles. For this recording there will be a camera mounted on the front of the stage that will be free to run from right to left throughout the performance. There will also be a camera suspended on a large arm that swoops across the audience capturing both the stage action and the audience reaction from curtain up to curtain down. With many more static cameras placed around the auditorium you will never be far from the technical magic turning this stage production into a must see 3D cinema experience. Please be aware with all these cameras placed around the auditorium ALL the seats for these performances are classed as restricted view.

To give you an idea before purchasing your tickets please look at these images (right) to see where the main cameras will be.

Very Important Information:
By attending this performance of Carmen as an audience member, you consent to being filmed by the Royal Opera House and for such filming to be used without restriction in all media throughout the world.


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