Wiener Staatsoper Livestreaming
Wiener Staatsoper at cutting edge internationally with innovative technologiesFrom 27 October 2013 an unlimited number of opera and ballet enthusiasts all over the world will be able to watch a selection of performances from the Wiener Staatsoper via a live stream of the highest quality. WIENER STAATSOPER livestreaming will make the Wiener Staatsoper an in-ternational leader in the use and ongoing development of innovative technologies for the distri-bution of its performances. “The Wiener Staatsoper has the world’s largest repertoire with 60 different opera and ballet works. We would like to make a selection of this wide programme on the highest artistic level available to opera and ballet fans from all over the world. We have now found the right people and partners to achieve this by our own efforts. Together we’ve developed a strategy and a system with many technical innovations, that enable for example highest HD picture and audio quality, the choice between two perspectives or synchronized subtitles and scores on Second Screen Apps. We can furthermore use this new infrastructure for cultural mediation such as spe-cial children’s and youth programmes for schools”, according to Dominique Meyer, Director of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Live streams of performancesThe fee-based live stream can be received on any television connected to the internet, SmartTV with web browser, computers – e.g. with a television or beamer connected to the computer – or exclusively via SAMSUNG’s SmartTV app (compatible with devices from 2012 or later). Eight HD cameras together with digital video and audio studios using state-of-the-art technology will produce pictures and sound of the highest quality that will be transmitted in up to full HD quality depending on the internet connection. Viewers at home will be able to choose between two per-spectives at any time: an overall view of the stage and a live-edited film of the opera or ballet per-formance. For this live editing, the Wiener Staatsoper has set up video teams who will develop a special imagery in collaboration with internationally experienced directors.
In Vienna the live streams will be transmitted live at the starting time, and then time zone delayed in order to ensure that the opera or ballet has an acceptable starting time for viewers around the world. The live streams start 30 minutes before the performance with background illustrations, information about the Wiener Staatsoper, synopses of the streamed works, etc. Streaming during the intervals will include impressions from back stage as well as from the interval rooms.
“Second screen apps” and additional offeringsIn addition to the live stream, viewers will also be able to receive synchronized subtitles of the performance on tablets or smartphones, androids or iOS via the “Wiener Staatsoper Second Screen App” thanks to audio watermarking. At the start of the project these will be in English, German, and Korean, and the selection will be continuously enlarged. From the middle of De-cember, the synchronized score of the performance will also be transmitted in addition to the subtitles.
Like the “Wiener Staatsoper Second Screen App”, the “Wiener Staatsoper Program Booklet App” can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store (available from October 25) and the App Store (available from the end of October). This app offers digital multimedia pro-gramme booklets (€ 2.69 each) for the performances being streamed.
The streaming portal www.staatsoperlive.com offers an extensive programme with portraits of the artists, interviews, synopses, background texts, etc.
In parallel with this, another programme is under development that will enable the Wiener Staatsoper to use its technical facilities for entirely new offerings for schools, universities and other institutions. For example, a class of school children will be able to take part in a live back-stage tour or see an introduction to a work before watching the live stream of an opera or ballet performance together. General Music Director Franz Welser-Möst: “Quite apart from the fact that we can significantly expand our audience with this project without compromising quality, we can now realize a dream, namely that school classes which do not have the opportunity to travel to Vienna will be able to attend a rehearsal live, for instance.”