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Welsh National Opera brings Magic Flute & Madam Butterfly in Virtual Reality

A virtual reality opera experience, billed as the first of its kind, is set to re-imagine scenes from classic shows in a shipping container.

Created by Welsh National Opera, the project will allow visitors to step inside the worlds of The Magic Flute and Madam Butterfly, including performances from WNO productions.

Called Magic Butterfly, the production will combine motion capture, animation and music to create an “immersive experience using responsive animation and sound”.

WNO claims this is the first time an opera company has used VR in this way.

Magic Butterfly, which is free for audiences, will launch in Cardiff in July, before visiting other locations in Wales and England, culminating at the Victoria and Albert Museum in January 2018.

WNO’s digital producer David Massey said Magic Butterfly builds on the company‚Äôs last digital project, a large-scale light installation called Field.

Welsh National Opera brings Magic Flute & Madam Butterfly in Virtual RealityHe added: “This is an exciting new venture for the company, using new technology, drama and music to help put audiences right at the heart of what we do. We think that the visual and auditory experience that is opera lends itself perfectly to VR.”

Magic Butterfly has been designed by Welsh designer Gwyn Eiddior and opens outside Wales Millennium Centre on July 14.

re-posted from : thestage.co.uk – Georgia Snow

Welsh National Opera (WNO)

(Welsh: Opera Cenedlaethol Cymru) is an opera company based in Cardiff, Wales; it gave its first performances in 1946. It began as a mainly amateur body and transformed into an all-professional ensemble by 1973.

In its early days the company gave a single week’s annual season in Cardiff, gradually extending its schedule to become an all-year-round operation, with its own salaried chorus and orchestra.

It has been described by The New York Times as “one of the finest operatic ensembles in Europe”.