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Bayerische Staatsoper to broadcast entire season free online - to include the Dutchman

Written By The Wagnerian on Friday, 5 October 2012 | 9:43:00 pm

You might want to add this to your diaries.

In 2012/13, the Bavarian State Opera will be the first international opera house to present, with STAATSOPER.TV, a season with live streams online free of charge.

Opera and ballet lovers from all over the world will be able to enjoy a total of seven opera performances and two ballet evenings in full and live online from Munich. The first of these will be the audiovisual transmission on 3 November 2012 of Jörg Widmann's new opera Babylon (musical director: K. Nagano, stage production: Carlus Padrissa - La Fura dels Baus; with C. McFadden, A. Prohaska, W. White, G. Schnaut).

This will be followed by streams of the following opera performances:

November 25, 2012
Giacomo Puccini

December 13, 2012
John Neumeier

December 30, 2012
Giuseppe Verdi

March 9, 2013
Leoš Janáček

April 20, 2013
Richard Wagner

May 11, 2013
Giuseppe Verdi

June 1, 2013
Terence Kohler

July 2013
Stream from the Munich Opera Festival
To be announced

"I think that live streaming, as a one-off event, provides a contemporary way of opening the doors of the Opera House to the world. STAATSOPER.TV is live, like the theatre, and disappears when the curtain falls – and this is what gives it its very special appeal. The Bavarian State Opera is thus able to present itself to an even wider audience as a unique forum where innovative music theatre meets the world's best artists", says General Manager Nikolaus Bachler.

Four to six cameras in the auditorium of the National Theatre will broadcast the performances to the whole world via Up to 40 microphones in the orchestra pit and on the stage will provide first-class sound quality. The streams will be offered in three different transmission qualities which will adjust automatically to the viewer's computer power or internet connection. Before each live stream, General Manager Nikolaus Bachler will provide an introduction to the work, and the State Opera will also allow a glimpse behind the stage of the Opera House during the intervals. Subtitles in German and English complete the services offered. Apart from a computer, laptop or tablet PC, users will only require a broadband internet connection such as DSL and speakers connected to the device.

More Information: Bayerische Staatsoper