The future of opera live streaming
One day in the not so distant feature we will get a make-your-own-adventure type of opera webcast (and later DVD) – where they have set cameras around the venue and you can watch what you want (within limits but at least not just the TV director’s version of the production). Or that’s how I hope we can make the most of these CCTV-happy times we live in. For now it’s a bit less exciting but sets your mind rolling:
Imagine being able to watch it all from different angles: want to see the audience’s mugshots when the Idomeneo rubber shark is being sung to? How about a short tour of Die Marschallin’s Glyndebourne bathroom whilst Octavian is shaving? What of the perilously upside-down hanging Orfeo – want to make sure his straps are a-ok? Or Nerone and Lucano in the bath? (I always wanted an even more detailed look at that oddly erotic scene), or a perennial favourite or mine: playing Where’s Tito? during the Salzburg Serbate dei custodi. A game for perpetually busy minds, perhaps.