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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Garsington Opera unveils 360-degree audience experience

4:35, 10th November 2017

Audiences can immerse themselves in Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch, thanks to a 360-degree simulated experience available on BBC Arts Digital.

Person 181 uses 360-degree video capture and ambisonic audio recording to make audience members feel as if they are part of the community opera. The technology will simulate the experience of standing among the cast of 180 performers during a performance of Silver Birch, as well as providing behind the scenes access in the build up to the actual performance.

Silver Birch is a new work by composer Roxanna Panufnik, with a libretto by writer Jessica Duchen. Inspired by Siegfried Sassoon’s poems and the testimony of a British soldier who recently served in Iraq, the piece examines the human tragedies of conflicts past and present. The opera chorus includes a variety of first time singers from various community groups including veterans and family members.

Silver Birch is a celebration of music, drama, poetry and dance, and brings together professional singers with 180 members of the local community. Created to appeal to everyone from age eight upwards, it is directed by Karen Gillingham and conducted by Douglas Boyd. The production is also supported by Foley Artists from Pinewood Studios.

Person 181 is available on BBC Arts Digital along with three short ‘making of’ films, and at BBC Taster.

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